National Weather Service issues high wind warning, wind chill advisory for area

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BINGHAMTON — The National Weather Service's Binghamton forecast office has issued a high wind warning from 1 p.m. Monday afternoon through 10 a.m. Tuesday morning as well as a wind chill advisory from midnight to 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Travel is also expected to be difficult this afternoon and overnight as wet roads are expected to freeze over as well as the arrival of snow squalls along with this afternoon's high winds, the National Weather service said, adding that the snow squalls could bring sudden bursts with an inch or more snow expected in an hour along with blowing snow reducing visibility for drivers.

The temperature will slowly fall during the morning, from a high of 40 before plunging into the teens by this evening. West winds of 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph are likely this morning, increasing to 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph this afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 70%.

More snow and blowing conditions is expected this evening with another inch of accumulation likely, and temperatures are likely to fall into the single digits. Winds will continue to howl, blowing at 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 55 mph. The National Weather Service warns that there is a risk of power outages as a result of downed limbs and electrical wires from the storm, and advises people to prepare for a potential loss of electricity.

The cold, combined with the wind, will make for potentially dangerous wind chill tonight. According to the Wind Chill Index, this could lead to temperatures feeling between 20 and 30 degrees below zero. Exposure to these temperatures could potentially cause frostbite and hypothermia, as well as create hazardous driving conditions.

According to the Oneida County Sheriff's Office website, residents should utilize the following cold weather tips:

Stay indoors, if possible. If you must go outside, dress in layers and wear protective gear, like hats, mittens, gloves, scarves and a warm coat.

Avoid overexertion when shoveling heavy snow, pushing a car or walking in deep snow. Take breaks frequently.

Watch for signs of frostbite, which include loss of feeling or pale appearance of fingers, toes or face.

Watch for signs of hypothermia, which include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, drowsiness and exhaustion.

Understand the hazards of wind chill. As wind speed increases, heat is carried away from a person’s body more rapidly and could lead to severe hypothermia.

Weatherproof doors and windows to trap heat inside your home.

Check heating units. Poorly operating or damaged heating units can release carbon monoxide gas. Test carbon monoxide detectors as well as smoke detectors for proper operation and battery life.

Check frequently on family, friends and neighbors who are at risk and may need additional assistance.

Watch pets closely and keep them indoors when possible. Animals can suffer from hypothermia, frostbite and other cold weather injuries just as humans do.

Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a full tank of gas and an emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle. Put warm clothing in your kit, such as gloves, blankets and hats, in case you become stranded.

Should you become stuck or disabled in your vehicle, stay inside and wait for help. Do not leave your vehicle.

The time to prepare for winter weather emergencies, officials say, is before they happen. For more information on how to deal with the extreme cold, go online to http://www.redcross.org and search for weather safety tips.

Blustery and cold conditions will continue on Tuesday, the National Weather Service forecasters said, with northwest winds of 15 to 25 mph and gusts up to 45 mph. It will be slightly, with highs will be in the mid 20s, but the wind chill will make it feel much colder.

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