Western New York state is bracing for a total of up to 5 feet of snow, with a major blast of cold hitting from the Rockies to the Northeast. Aside from a lake-effect dump of as much as 4 inches (10 centimeters), accumulation in the nation's third-largest city will be slightly less than predicted, said Ricky Castro, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. The previous record was 44ins that fell in Morgantown in March 1958.
State police and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation are also urging motorists to avoid travel, citing poor visibility and deteriorating conditions.
The National Weather Service said that temperatures in the low 20s feel like the mid teens given the wind chill.
An active weather pattern will remain in place through next week with frequent disturbances causing a few inches of snow from time to time.
Parts of the Midwest had their coldest Christmas on record.
Wind chill advisories or warnings are in effect for all of North Dakota and Wisconsin, as well as swaths of South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan and Indiana.
A major cold blast is stretching across the country with 18 states from Montana to NY feeling risky wind chills.
Wyandotte County is under a winter weather advisory from 6 a.m.to noon Tuesday, according to the weather service. Expect another 4 to 8 inches of snow from tonight through Wednesday evening with locally higher amounts possible.