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The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for Genesee County.

All schools in Genesee County, includingf Batavia City Schools, will be closed on Tuesday, January 7.

See complete list of school closings HERE

Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued a state of emergency for all Western New York counties.

"Western New Yorkers have experience with snow but this is something different,” he said by conference call today. “This is snow plus extraordinary arctic cold and wind and a very long duration of about 36 hours.”

“A state of emergency allows us to use state resources to assist local governments and gives us the flexibility to deploy state agencies without going through any red tape,” Cuomo said.

The New York State Thruway is closed tonight from exit 55 (Route 219/Lackawanna) to Exit 61 (Ripley.)

Downtown Batavia has experienced near-whiteout conditions since about 3 p.m. Monday with gusty winds. Genesee County is currently under a Lake Effect Snow Warning until Wednesday morning and a Wind Chill Warning until Tuesday evening.

The latest from the National Weather Service forecasts heavy lake effect snow for the next two days, with up to three feet in some areas. It predicts 3 to 5 inches today, 6 to 12 inches tonight, 9 to 17 inches Tuesday and 1 to 3 inches Tuesday night. Of course, lake effect snow is highly variable so conditions can change suddenly.

“We have 236 plows on site now (in Western New York),” Cuomo said. “We are sending 420 additional plows to the affected regions. We will also be sending 1,000 state personnel to assist in the operations.”

Winds are gusting 20 to 30 miles per hour with low visibility and whiteout conditions at times. NWS says a “dangerous” wind chill is estimated to be 30-degrees below zero Tuesday.

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