It’s frigid. The breeze is whipping, and temperatures are mostly below zero at this point. They will slowly rise throughout the day – but it will take time.
High temperatures will remain in the mid-single-digits. Wind chills will be below 15 below zero all day. The region also won’t have to worry about the sometimes heavy snow that made travel a nightmare on Wednesday.
But there’s some big change on the way.
The extended forecast from the National Weather Service shows a massive pattern change, which will result in significantly warmer weather by the end of the weekend; and to start next week.
However, before we get there – we have to get through one more full-day of brutal cold. Friday will still be cold, as temperatures only get into the mid-teens.
Follow the latest warnings, cancellations, and delays below.
Emergency Management official discusses protocols for extreme cold
Seneca County Emergency Management Director Melissa Taylor said that she has been in contact with some superintendents regarding the extreme cold.
She said that the communication will continue, and her office will lend guidance to any districts needing it over the next two days.
“There aren’t any countywide guidelines on when to close school,” she explained. “But the general rule is for school to close at -25 and below.”
She said that districts will be making individual decisions based on what their respective healthcare providers say.
As for those who may be venturing outside during the extreme cold – Taylor says that any time spent outside should be ‘extremely limited’. “If children must be outside over the next two days it should only be for limited amounts of time and they should wear several layers of loose fitting clothing and preferably a wind-resistant outer layer,” she explained. “Their heads, hands, and feet should be covered with proper attire. Add a scarf or face mask for more protection.”
The Emergency Management Office follows the protocol outlined in the “National Weather Service Wind Chill Chart” for frostbite times. Taylor added, “It’s important to note that those tests were conducted on adult subjects. For legal and safety reasons, NWS could not ask for child volunteers. So we should use the existing chart as a starting point and be even more cautious with children, seniors and persons with compromised health.”
Like when snowy conditions arrive in the Finger Lakes, Taylor’s office provides preparedness/precautionary information to the public and monitors weather and power outages to determine emergency needs of Seneca County.
To ensure your safety in in the event of an emergency, AAA says be prepared and offers these tips:
* Dress warm and carry extra clothes including an extra hat, gloves, mittens and extra warm socks.
* Make sure your gas tank is full, put at least 1 blanket in your car as well as a shovel in your trunk.
* Carry bottled water and a few high protein snacks in case you do get stranded.
* Ensure that you have your cellphone and a charger.
* Let someone know where you are going and keep in touch.
* Don’t travel alone unless you have to.