GOVERNOR CUOMO: USE CAUTION (List of Local Counties Affected By The Storm Included)

February 14, 2015

ALBANY, NY – Governor Andrew Cuomo is urging all New Yorkers to exercise caution with winter storm conditions – including some wind chills well below zero – impacting communities across the state.

“New Yorkers should take every appropriate precaution as subzero temperatures and blizzard-like conditions hit the State this weekend,” Governor Cuomo said. “This weather can be extremely dangerous for everyone from children to the elderly, so I encourage people to stay indoors whenever possible and stay safe.”

The American Red Cross Response Center for Public Information can be reached at 1-800-733-2767. The National Grid NY Electric Outage reporting number is 1-800-867-5222.

This storm system is expected to produce 3 to 5 inches of snowfall over much of Central New York, with the Finger Lake region expecting up to 7 to 8 inches.

Winter Weather Advisory: Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Otsego, Schuyler, Seneca, Cayuga, Steuben, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins and Yates County until Monday at 10:00 a.m.

Winter Weather Warning: Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Otsego, Schuyler, Seneca, Cayuga, Steuben, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins and Yates County until Monday at 10:00 a.m.

Winter Storm Advisory: Allegany, Jefferson and Lewis County until Monday at 10:00 a.m.

Winter Storm Warning: Monroe, Niagara, Cayuga, Orleans, Oswego, Wayne, Genesee, Livingston, Erie, Ontario, Wyoming, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua County until Sunday at 6:00 p.m.

A storm total accumulation of 8 to 14 inches is forecast from Rochester toward Syracuse.

Travel Advisory: All of Erie County until further notice.

Wind Chill Warning: Allegany, Jefferson and Lewis County until Monday at 10:00 a.m.

Prevent pipes from freezing by turning on both hot and cold water faucets slightly, preferably in a basement sink – running water will not freeze as quickly. Open cabinet doors to allow more heat to get to non-insulated pipes under a sink or appliance near an outer wall. If you plan to leave your residence, drain and shut off the water system (except indoor sprinkler systems).

If your pipes burst, make sure you and your family knows how to shut off the water. Stopping water flow minimizes damage to your home. Call a plumber and contact your insurance agent. Never try to thaw a pipe with an open flame or torch. Always be careful of the potential for electric shock in and around standing water.