Fill up the salt trucks. Send out the plows. For the first time this winter, all of Western New York is going to need them.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the entire region for overnight Monday until 10 a.m. Tuesday. A full menu of frigid misery is in the forecast – sleet, freezing rain and snow, the wet, slushy kind – along with wind gusts of more than 35 mph.
For southern Erie County and the Southern Tier counties, where the advisory goes into effect at 3 p.m., no snow is predicted, but there is likely to be plenty of sleet and freezing rain. Between a quarter and a half an inch of ice could accumulate Monday night, making highways dangerous. Bridges and overpasses could be especially slippery as temperatures hover just below the freezing mark.
Further north, the advisory begins at 6 p.m. Not as much ice is expected, perhaps a quarter of an inch, but there could be up to 2 inches of snow instead.
Fortunately, once the snow stops, it won’t stick around. Tuesday’s outlook calls for a meltdown with rain, more gusty winds and highs in the 40s. Cloudy skies and mild temperatures are expected to continue Wednesday.