2/13/15: Poloncarz Issues Travel Advisory for Erie County

Modified: February 14, 2015 11:48am

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ERIE COUNTY, NY— Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz has issued a travel advisory for all of Erie County effective from 7:00 AM Saturday February 14 until further notice. The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a Winter Storm warning, effective 7:00 AM Saturday through 6:00 PM Sunday, with forecasts for snow, blowing snow, and extreme cold. The travel advisory urges against any unnecessary travel during this period, and using extreme caution if travel is unavoidable.

“After consulting with various county officials, I am issuing a travel advisory for all of Erie County from 7 AM Saturday until further notice. A government’s primary responsibility is ensuring the safety of the public, and the conditions we will be experiencing this weekend are potentially life-threatening,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. “We are urging residents to stay off the roads as much as possible during this winter event, for their own protection and to minimize potential problems for the Public Works and Emergency Services personnel who will be working to keep us all safe as the weather gets worse.”

“This winter we have experienced numerous stretches of very cold temperatures. When those temperatures are combined with a significant wind chill that makes the temperature effects more dangerous, staying warm and safe is critical,” said Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein. “Prolonged exposure to cold temperatures, whether indoors or outside, can cause serious and in some cases, life-threatening health problems. While infants and the elderly are particularly at risk, individuals of any age can be affected. Prevent cold weather-related health problems by being aware of the weather conditions and preparing and dressing appropriately.”

Accumulations of snow could reach 3-7 inches in northern Erie County and 6-12 inches in southern Erie County, accompanied by wind chills in the range of -30 to -40. The combination of extremely cold air and strong winds will create dangerously and possibly life-threatening wind chill values. Residents should limit their time outside and dress in multiple layers.