Buffalo Schools Cancel Classes Due To Threat Of Historic Storm
Buffalo Schools will be closed due to the potentially historic storm that is headed to Western New York. The National Weather Service in Buffalo issued a blizzard warning this morning, Thursday, December 22, 2022.
A Blizzard Warning was issued for the Niagara Frontier, including the Buffalo Metro area. Lake effect snow, strong wind, blowing snow, and -10 to -25 wind chills will follow a frontal passage Friday. Travel will be difficult to impossible Friday through much of Christmas weekend.
Just a month after we had a historic storm, we have another on the way. Starting tomorrow, things are going to be potentially dangerous when it comes to travel. Ahead of the storm, Buffalo Public Schools have announced that there will be no classes, in person or remote,
Due to the projected severe weather event for tomorrow, Buffalo Public Schools will be closed on December 23, 2022. All students and staff are to remain home. There will be no remote instruction. Please stay warm and stay safe and have a wonderful winter break.
In addition to the threat of snow, there's the possibility of significant flooding. The National Weather Service in Buffalo issued a Lakeshore Flood Warning yesterday. Extreme flood water could cause harm and damage in Niagara, Erie, Chautauqua, Oswego, and Jefferson counties.
Significant lakeshore flooding expected. The lake level at Buffalo may exceed 11 feet above low water datum which would be more than 3 feet above flood stage.
For Niagara, Erie, and Chautauqua counties the warning will be in effect from 7 am Friday to 7 pm Saturday. For Oswego and Jefferson counties the warning will be in effect from 1 pm Friday to 7 am Sunday.
The rapid rise in water levels will result in SIGNIFICANT lakeshore flooding along the Lake Erie and Upper Niagara River shores. Along the Lake Erie shore, flooding is likely along Route 5 in Hamburg, Buffalo Harbor, Canalside, Buffalo Riverworks, Dunkirk Harbor, Hoover Beach in Hamburg, Old First ward in South Buffalo, and other flood prone locations. Along the Upper Niagara River, flooding is likely to affect Grand Island, Cayuga Island, and beneath the North Grand Island bridge at the Lasalle Expressway ramps. Very high wave action will also result in significant shoreline erosion.