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Arctic blast moves into Buffalo Niagara region

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A cold snap is moving into the Buffalo Niagara region Tuesday that should last all week. WBFO's Eileen Buckley says the National Weather Service has issued a Wind Child Advisory from 6 p.m. Tuesday until 11 a.m. Wednesday.

"We have some very cold arctic air that's going to be making its way south across the Great Lakes," said Jeff Wood, National  Weather Service meteorologist in Buffalo.

Wood tells WBFO it won't be as cold as the recent Blizzard, but temperatures will begin a big dip Tuesday evening.

"It's going to bring temperatures down pretty sharply tonight.  We're looking at temperatures that are actually going  to drop below zero tonight and factor that in with some winds as well -- we'll be seeing  wind chill values dropping down in to the 1o to 15 below zero range," said Wood.
With these dangerously cold conditions -- a Code Blue is in effect at Buffalo City Mission on Tupper and St. Luke's Mission of Mercy on Walden Avenue in the city.  Warning shelters will be open from 8 p.m. Tuesday until 8 a.m. Wednesday. 

"If you're going to spend any extended period of time outside, wear lots of warming clothing," said Wood.

The good news -- frozen Lake Erie waters are now preventing lake effect snows from blowing over the metro Buffalo region.