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January 15, 2018 - 6:02pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, news, weather.

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After stopping to see somebody about a possible story on South Main Street Road, I noticed several trees hanging over the Tonawanda Creek dripping with icicles.

January 13, 2018 - 1:31pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, news, weather.

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A lot of Batavia residents were busy this morning clearing snow from their driveways and walkways, including Nate Baker on Ellicott Place, above, after a storm dropped about a foot of snow on the city.

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Eric Haile on Summit Street.

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Cliff Vagg on Ellicott Avenue.

January 12, 2018 - 7:17pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, Tonawanda Creek, batavia, news.

The National Weather Service has warned of possible flooding as the Tonawanda Creek through Batavia nears the 9-foot level.

Currently, the water level, as measured at the bend behind the County Courthouse, is 8.64 feet.

It's been on a steep climb since 7 a.m.

It's expected to crest at 9.1 feet.

The minor flood stage is 9 feet.

Kibbe Park is expected to flood, and possibly Walnut Street and Law Street.  

There is flooding in Alexander and the Town of Batavia along the creek.

There is a flood warning in effect until 1 p.m.

January 12, 2018 - 2:12pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.

We've been notified of the following closings and cancellations:

  • All evening activities for The Mental Health Association of Genesee & Orleans Counties;
  • All activities for Pavilion Central School for Friday and Saturday are canceled;
  • The Richmond Memorial Library will be closed Saturday;
  • A talk at the Holland Land Office Museum tonight and a panel discussion tomorrow with author David Fitzgerald has been rescheduled for March;
  • All events and activities are canceled for Batavia City Schools today and tomorrow;
  • GCASA is closed Saturday.

Send notifications of closings and cancellations to [email protected]. Send your weather pictures to [email protected]

January 12, 2018 - 12:12pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, notify, news.

Recent rain has washed away whatever salt remained on roadways and with temperatures dropping to below freezing this afternoon, the wet roadways are likely to ice over.

That's the warning of the National Weather Service and the same message from County Highway Superintendent Tim Hens when we happened to speak last night about the coming storm.

The storm tonight and tomorrow will bring heavy, wet snow, making driving conditions difficult and very different from the drier snow of recent storms. Drivers need to slow down, Hens warned.

Temperatures will start dropping between 1 and 3 p.m. in Batavia, bringing freezing rain and sleet. Bridges and overpasses will likely freeze over first.

While plow trucks will be out spreading salt, drivers should use extra caution.

Areas of previous flooding could also freeze over.

The National Weather Services advises drivers to plan accordingly.

Between tonight and 4 p.m. tomorrow, from nine to 17 inches of snow is expected.

UPDATE 2:13 p.m.: Stegman Road in the Town of Batavia is closed due to high water.

January 11, 2018 - 2:48pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Emory Upton, batavia, news, weather, GCC, hlom.

A storm coming into the area tomorrow that promises high winds and a foot or more of snow has convinced organizers to reschedule a trip to Batavia that had been planned for this Friday and Satruday for author David Fitzpatrick. He lives in Ann Arbor, Mich., and was going to talk about his 2017 book "Emory Upton: Misunderstood Reformer." 

Fitzpatrick's presentation at the Holland Land Office Museum is rescheduled to 7 p.m., March 2. He will also participate in a panel discussion the following day at Genesee Community College. More details on the GCC discussion will be announced later.

Many people had reserved a seat for Fitzpatrick's talk at HLOM, said director Ryan Duffy. The room tomorrow night would have been at near capacity. 

Previously: New book corrects the record on Emory Upton's attitude toward the military and the Republic

January 10, 2018 - 4:25pm
posted by Billie Owens in weather, news.

An urgent winter weather message from the National Weather Service Office in Buffalo at 3:03 p.m.:

A winter storm watch is in effect from Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon.

Heavy snow and mixed precipitation are possible. Travel will be very difficult to impossible.

Total snow accumulations of 8 to 14 inches and ice accumulations of a 10th of an inch are possible. Significant reductions in visibility are possible.

Begin needed preparations at home or with your vehicle. Travel may become difficult, so plan accordingly.

January 4, 2018 - 3:54pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.

We have been notified of the following closings for tomorrow due to anticipated extreme cold:

  • Batavia City Schools 
  • Le Roy Central School District
  • Oakfield-Alabama Central School District
  • Pavilion Central School District
  • Notre Dame High School
  • Mental Health Association
  • Extended, night-lighted skate, sponsored by the Batavia Kiwanis Club, at DeWitt Recreation Area
  • St. Joe’s bingo
  • Genesee Christian Academy
  • Haxton Memorial Library
  • Genesee County Office for the Aging cancels home-delivered meals and congregate meal sites, but the office will be open for business.

Please send announcements about closings to [email protected].

January 4, 2018 - 3:13pm
posted by Billie Owens in weather, news.

There is a wind chill warning in effect starting at 8 o'clock tonight until 7 a.m. Sunday. The National Weather Service issued this urgent warning at 2:52 p.m.

Dangerously cold wind chills are expected. They are anticipated to range from 20 to 30 degrees below zero at times.

This can cause frostbite in as little as 10 minutes to exposed skin. It is a potentially dangerous situation to be outdoors. If you must be outdoors be sure to cover all exposed skin.

There is also a hazardous weather outlook in effect until 7 a.m. Sunday.

January 2, 2018 - 3:31pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.

Here are closings we have been notified about:

  • Mental Health Association is closing with no evening programs for tonight.

There is a weather advisory with 1 to 3 inches of snow predicted through 1 a.m. There is also wind and blowing snow in the county.

Send notifications of closing and postponements to [email protected]. Watch this post for further updates. 

Send your weather pictures to [email protected].

December 22, 2017 - 11:53am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news, notify.

A winter weather advisory has been issued for today through 7 p.m., Saturday.

A wintry mix of precipitation is expected, with accumulations of two to four inches of snow and ice, making travel conditions difficult.

Snow will change to mixed percipitation this afternoon and evening and quickly change back to snow midday Saturday.

"The combination of freezing rain and snow will result in very slippery travel at times," the National Weather Service warns.

December 11, 2017 - 11:55am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, batavia, news.

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Batavia got its first real snow accumulation of the season yesterday and last night but the birds still showed up this morning in our backyard feeders for their morning meal.

There's more snow on the way. A winter storm watch is in effect for tonight starting at 7 p.m. and lasting until Wednesday afternoon. Heavy, blowing snow is possible. The National Weather Service warns that travel may be difficult with more than 10 inches of snowfall possible.

Winds could gust up to 45 mph.

The forecast is for little precipitation today but a low-pressure system crosses the region bringing periods of widespread accumulation. Several weak systems cross the area in the following days with an additional chance of snow.

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December 4, 2017 - 11:09am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.

The National Weather Service is warning of possible heavy lake effect snow hitting Genesee County sometime between late Tuesday night and Thursday night.

Total snow accumulations could be between 12 and 24 inches.

Travel may be difficult at times, including very low visibility and deep snow cover on roads.

November 9, 2017 - 10:56pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.

Scott Hetsko, a member of the weather team at our news partner 13WHAM, provided this forecast for Genesee County:

You can expect temperatures to plummet into the lower 20s and even a few upper teens by morning. I expect some squalls to develop off the lake between midnight and 5 a.m. in your area. Expect snow to vary between a coating to 2”. The main concern will be a quick freeze, which will make for icy spots on area roads. Wind gusts overnight will range from 15-35 mph.

November 7, 2017 - 10:54am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Tonawanda Creek, batavia, weather, news.

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The Tonawanda Creek crested at 11.27 feet, well into the moderate flood level, at about 10 p.m. and has since dropped to under nine feet.

Law Street is being reopened with the water's receding.

Higher crests over the previous 10 years are 11.94 feet in December 2013 and 11.72 feet in December 2008. The highest crest on record was 14.5 feet, March 1, 1942.

Below are two flood photos, from North Pembroke Road, submitted by Michael Quaranto.

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November 6, 2017 - 4:51pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, weather, news, notify.

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Law Street

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This photo and one below, Tonawanda Creek from the Law Street Bridge.

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Three photos of Kibbe Park.

November 6, 2017 - 1:23pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news, batavia, Law Street.

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Photo submitted by Lynette Celedonia. Send flooding photos to [email protected].

A Batavia Police officer has asked dispatchers to inform the school bus companies that Law Street is not currently passable due to flooding.

UPDATE 2:45 p.m.: The east-west portion of Ganson Avenue is closed due to flooding and so is a portion of South Jackson Street.

UPDATE 3:24 p.m.: The city's yard waste station on Law Street is closed due to flooding.

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Photo by Steve Ognibene.

UPDATE: Photo of Jackson Avenue by Steve Ognibene and 9156 Clipnock Road, Stafford, by Crista Boldt.

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November 6, 2017 - 8:12am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, batavia, news, notify.

The Tonawanda Creek crest at 9.5 feet this morning, causing flooding at Kibbe Park and along Walnut Street and Law Street, officials say.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the area and the City of Batavia has alerted residents.

As of 7 a.m., the creek level, measured behind the courthouse, is reported at 7.66 feet, having risen more than 3.5 feet in the previous 12 hours.

The moderate flood level is 10 feet.

The National Weather Service also warns of flooding along West Main Street Road and South Main Street Road, from Batavia to East Pembroke and extending into the Tonawanda Indian Reservation.

The flooding will mainly impact roads, according to the weather service, with some residential and commercial flooding.

The City urges residents to remain vigilant and take precautions.

This morning the following roads are closed due to flooding: Route 20 between Route 98 and Brookville, Peaviner, Cookson, Dorman, Cole Road between Route 236 and Mud City, Clipnock between Route 5 and Sweetland.

The flood warning is in effect until 1 p.m., Tuesday.

UPDATE: Submit flooding pictures to [email protected] or use our mobile app for iOS.

UPDATE 10:14 a.m.: DOT reports Route 20 has reopened.

October 31, 2017 - 11:38am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, batavia, news.

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Batavia's first snow of the season fell this morning.

October 30, 2017 - 11:01am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for Genesee County covering today and tomorrow.

There is a wind advisory in effect until 2 a.m.

There is a flash flood watch in effect from 2 p.m. through Wednesday morning.

There is a 60-percent chance of rain showers on Halloween.

Today's winds are expected to remain 20 to 30 mph, from the west, with gusts up to 50 mph.

As for precipitation, the NWS is predicting heavy lake effect rainfall, though it much of it is likely to fall west of Genesee County. Runoff could create flash-flood conditions in low-lying areas. Gutters and drains clogged with leaves could increase the risk of street flooding.

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