Weather-related calls (UPDATED with Travel Ban for Genesee County)
All county fire crews requested to assemble in their fire halls and notify dispatched when assembled.
There is an accident with injuries at East Road and Route 20. Bethany Fire on scene.
Le Roy Fire and Town of Batavia Fire working a multi-vehicle accident on the Thruway (Updates will continue on the original post).
Darien Fire and the Sheriff's Office is continuing to work an accident on Route 20 that is tying up traffic.
UPDATE 2:29 p.m.: Eastbound traffic is being diverted off the Thruway at Batavia. Expect an influx of traffic into Batavia.
UPDATE 2:33 p.m.: The Sheriff is issuing a travel ban. A news release coming shortly.
UPDATE 2:43 p.m.: Photos of dispatch center added.
UPDATE 2:46 p.m.: A tractor-trailer accident is reported at 6319 Main Road, Stafford. Powerlines are down. The road is blocked. An ambulance is requested to the scene. Stafford Fire dispatched.
UPDATE 2:49 p.m.: There are multiple reports of vehicles off the road at various locations. A trooper just informed dispatch he's going to a location on East Saile to check on an elderly couple.
UPDATE 2:50 p.m.: Travel ban release:
Effective immediately, a travel ban for Genesee County has been issued and will stay in effect until further notice. Blowing and drifting snow have created poor visibility and unsafe/hazardous traveling conditions for motorists.
A travel ban means no travel for anyone except emergency vehicles which includes police, ambulance, snow plows, etc.
Sheriff William Sheron stated, “For your safety, and the safety of the residents of Genesee County, please stay home or where you are until conditions improve.”
UPDATE 3:13 p.m.: All Genesee County fire halls now fully staffed.
UPDATE 4:13 p.m.: From the National Weather Service:
At 3:56 p.m. EST, two bands of lake effect snow are producing snowfall rates
of up to 2 inches per hour along with visibilities near zero.
Temperatures are below zero with wind chills near -25 degrees below zero.
...THIS IS A PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION...
Blinding snow and whiteout conditions are occurring. A casual drive or
trip outside can quickly lead to a life-threatening situation without
proper winter gear. Please heed all travel bans.
UPDATE 4:25 p.m.: Motor-vehicle accident, unknown injuries, Route 77 near McAlpine. Alabama fire dispatched and Mercy EMS. Also, Stafford just cleared its accident.
UPDATE 4:31 p.m.: An Indian Falls chief is on scene of the McAlpine accident. No injuries. Whiteout conditions.
UPDATE 5:53 p.m.: A blizzard warning is in effect until 1 a.m.:
Dangerously cold wind chills and blizzard conditions. Heavy lake effect snow expected. Wind chills as low as 25 below zero. Additional snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph. Winds gusting as high as 35 m.p.h.
UPDATE 7:57 p.m.: A state of emergency was declared for Genesee County at 2 p.m. Read about it in this story. Also, the Thruway has removed in both directions. A travel ban remains in effect but could be lifted this evening.
UPDATE 8:06 p.m.: Click here to view a video from the storm taken this afternoon.
UPDATE 8:09 p.m.: A rollover accident is reported at 5969 Ellicott Street Road, near Paul Road. Bethany Fire and Mercy EMS dispatched. Minor if any injuries.
East bound Thruway traffic being diverted through Batavia,Down Route 5 To the Bater road Accident..Its Bad out there FOLKS!!!
Thanks, Barb. Fixed.