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Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 6:35 pm

Cold and a bit of snow in the forecast

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Weather forecast from Mark McLean, 13WHAM, our news partner:

On Ultimate Doppler HD we don’t see any widespread precipitation now, but a few flurries are showing up, especially west of Rochester and I wouldn’t be surprised if some light patchy freezing drizzle is mixing in as well. Right now we officially have gray skies with the temperature in the upper 20s near Rochester. Across WNY the temperature is in the upper 20s or lower 30s now and will likely stay in this range through midnight.

The hour by hour forecast shows the temperature falling sharply after midnight with a quick burst of snow likely. We expect the temperature will be in the upper teens by morning. Lake snow showers will continue for the morning. On the neighborhood forecast notice that the temperature doesn’t go up from there. We see the temperature staying in the mid to upper teens all afternoon with a few sunny breaks late in the afternoon.

On the futurecast we have several storm systems we’re watching for WNY. The first will impact the region Monday afternoon and evening. Light snow is likely with several inches of accumulation possible, especially south of Rochester. The snow futurecast shows the expected snow amounts nicely. Behind the system Monday, arctic air will continue to cross Lake Ontario creating additional lake snow showers Tuesday.

The weather forecast this evening will stay overcast with a few flurries and patches of freezing drizzle at 7 and 10 p.m. The temperature will hover in the upper 20s or low 30s during this time. arctic cold front will cross WNY overnight and drop the temperature into the upper teens by 8 a.m. A few lake effect snow showers will be possible in the morning.

The 7-day forecast shows arctic chill sticking around for most of this week. Monday looks bitter cold with the morning starting in the single numbers. We expect light snow Monday afternoon with several inches of accumulation possible. Tuesday will also be frigid. A few passing snow showers are expected with the high once again in the upper teens. Wednesday will still be cold, but not as harsh. With a few sunny breaks the temperature will move into the mid-20s. Another area-wide snow will arrive Thursday with a high in the low 30s. Friday will turn blustery and colder again with lake snow showers, the early day high in the mid-20s. Saturday will be frigid with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 18.

Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 1:34 pm

Weather advisory for light snow and freezing drizzle in effect until 11 tonight

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A winter weather advisory for snow and freezing drizzle is in effect until 11 p.m. for most of Western New York. The National Weather Service in Buffalo.

The weather outlook is hazardous and the mix of freezing drizzle and light snow will create a light coating of ice, procuding slippery spots on untreated roads as well as sidewalks and parking lots.

"A surface that appears just wet may in fact be icy," says the advisory.

Friday, January 9, 2015 at 12:56 pm

Photos: Batavia after the storm

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Joel Emerson delivering mail through the snow and bitter cold on Redfield Parkway.

Joe Caruso cleaning his driveway on North Spruce.

Also on North Spruce.

Craig Thurman on State Street.

Joseph Verssagi on Union while his neighbor Buck Oltman works with his own blower in the background.

The sun was out, the storm was gone, but snow was still blowing on Main Street.

Friday, January 9, 2015 at 8:13 am

Photo: School bus stuck in traffic circle at BHS

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A reader submitted this photo of a school bus reportedly stuck in the snow in the traffic circle at Batavia High School.

Friday, January 9, 2015 at 8:10 am

Sheriff issues travel advisory for Genesee County

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Press release:

The Genesee County Sheriff has issued a travel advisory for all of Genesee County effective immediately and continuing until further notice. While travel in the county is not banned at this time, unnecessary travel is discouraged. Heavy, blowing and drifting snow is making roads slippery and limiting visibility. Several motor-vehicle accidents have been reported with numerous vehicles going off the road.

UPDATE: The travel advisory was lifted at 9:30 a.m.

Friday, January 9, 2015 at 5:59 am

Closings and cancellations for Friday, Jan. 9

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Closing and cancellations reported to us:

  • "This is a message from the Oakfield-Alabama Central School District.  School will be closed today, Friday January 9th due to the weather. This closing includes all after-school and evening activities. Please note that this is our last built-in snow day of the school year. Our plan for makeup days will be distributed next week to allow you to adjust your calendars. Please stay warm and safe this weekend."
  • Alexander Central School
  • Attica Central School
  • BOCES, Batavia campus
  • Pavilion
  • Pembroke
  • Pembroke Family Medicine delayed opening until 10:30 a.m.
  • Independent Living of Genesee Region is closed today.
  • Notre Dame
  • Lamb Family Medicine (Now Open)
  • Bingo at St. Mary's
  • Delayed opening for County Court and City Court
  • Delayed opening to 10 a.m. for Dr. Basra
  • The Women's Care Center in Batavia at 33 Chandler Ave.

E-mail closings and cancellations to [email protected]

Friday, January 9, 2015 at 5:49 am

Heavy lake effect snow expected in western Genesee County before 7 a.m.

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In a special weather statement, the National Weather Service reports a heavy lake effect snow band is moving toward the western portion of Genesee County and could drop snow at a rate of three inches per hour as far east as Batavia.

Visibility will be near zero with winds gusting to 40 mph.

"Travel will be extremely difficult or even impossible due to a combination of snowfall and strong winds," warns the weather service.

UPDATE 6:17 p.m.: A medic with Mercy EMS informs dispatchers that conditions are so bad, "we won't be doing any transports to Buffalo until further notice."

Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 10:34 pm

Thruway through WNY closing to all traffic at midnight

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From the Thruway Authority:

Parts of the New York State Thruway in Western New York will be closed due to extreme winter weather conditions. The mainline Thruway, I-90, between Exit 46 (Henrietta) and Exit 61 (Shortman Road), as well as the Niagara Section, I-190, between I-90 and Exit 16 (I-290), will be closed to tractor-trailers at 9 tonight. Starting at midnight, these same sections will be closed to all traffic. Vehicles traveling westbound on I-90 will be detoured off the roadway at Exit 46 (Henrietta) and all eastbound traffic will be detoured off at Exit 61 (Shortman Road). All vehicles traveling south on I-190 will be detoured off at Exit 16 (I-290).

Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 4:11 pm

Lake effect snow warning issued for tonight

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From six to 10 inches of lake effect snow are possible overnight with winds blowing up to 45 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

A lake effect snow warning has been issued. 

Snow could fall at three inches an hour.

The warning is in effect from 10 p.m. to 10 a.m.

Visibility will be near zero at times.

The weather service warns travel may become nearly impossible.

UPDATE 4:15 p.m.: Here's a weather report from our news partner, 13WHAM:

Tonight expect the gusty winds to continue with sub-zero wind chills. The actual low temperature will be near 14, but will feel much colder. Late this evening an area wide snowfall will make its way toward WNY. Snow will redevelop and bring a fresh coating of 2-3” for Rochester. South and west, through Genesee and Wyoming counties, another 3-5” are likely. For this reason, we have a lake effect snow warning in place west of Rochester for Friday.

The Friday morning commute could be a challenge as a quick burst of snow will fall producing an inch or more of accumulation. With the brutally cold temperatures and blustery conditions it’s no surprise that lake snow will continue also. Genesee and Wyoming counties will see another 3-6” of accumulation. Outside of any lake effect bands, some breaks of sunshine will be possible. 

Bitter cold temperatures and sub-zero wind chills will persist Friday night. Another lake effect band will move through the area and although the exact placement of this snow band is still to be determined, any area that stays within persistent lake snow could see 6-10” of additional accumulation.

Saturday morning will start out with some sunny breaks. Although the sun may be shining, conditions will still be blustery with ice-cold temperatures near 18. By afternoon 3-6” of new snowfall will accumulate south and west of Rochester, bringing snow totals between 2 and 3 feet. Continue to check back for further updates on the snowfall and upcoming storm system from the 13WHAM Weather Authority.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 10:53 pm

Photo: Biking on Jackson in the cold and snow

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It was 14 degrees and lake effect snow was falling, but Thomas Gilbert, who was riding home on Jackson Street, still said, "this is great weather for a bike ride."

There is a lake effect snow advisory in effect until 4 a.m. and a wind chill advisory in effect until 10 a.m.

Forecasters are calling for four to eight inches of snow with winds from the west at 15 to 25 mph.

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