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Up to two feet of snow, dangerously cold air expected Monday and Tuesday

The National Weather Service has upgraded the severity of the storm expected to hit Genesee County on Monday and Tuesday, issuing a prediction of up to two feet of snow over a nearly 48-hour period.

The wind chill factor will be as low as 30 degrees below zero.

The lake effect snow warning is in effect from 11 a.m., Monday to 6 a.m., Wednesday and the wind chill warning starts at 6 p.m., Monday and goes through 6 p.m., Tuesday.

The storm will start Monday with 1 to 3 inches of snow, 6 to 11 inches Monday night, 9 to 17 inches Tuesday and an inch or less Tuesday night.

The heaviest snow will be south of Route 20.

With winds of 20 to 30 mph, visibility will be less than a few hundred feet at times.

"Travel will become very difficult to near impossible, with snow covered roads and localized whiteout conditions due to heavy lake effect snow along with considerable blowing and driving snow," the weather service predicts, adding, "dangerously cold wind chills will pose a risk for frost bite and hypothermia for anyone outside for even very short periods of time. This is life-threatening cold for those not in shelter."

UPDATE 12:42 p.m.: The National Weather Service has added a high wind warning for 1 a.m. to 10 a.m., Monday, with winds of 25 to 35 mph and gusts up to 60 mph.

Bea McManis
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not much we can do about this forecast. If you need to be out, please take care. If you can stay home, enjoy the day.

Brian Odachowski
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The forecast was updated a few times throughout the day on Sunday. The high winds, 25-35 mph with 60 mph gusts, are expected to begin overnight and into Monday morning. The winds are supposed to lessen to 20-30 mph with 45 mph gusts and continue throughout the storm. The lake effect snow is forecast to begin around 11 a.m. Monday and continue through late Tuesday/early Wednesday morning. The NWS has also increased the amount of predicted snowfall from 2 feet, to possibly 3 feet, with the heaviest snowfall expected Monday night and throughout the day on Tuesday. It sounds like it's going to be treacherous for the next 36-48 hours. Be safe, everyone!!

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