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December 3, 2019 - 1:03pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in photos, batavia, Upton Monument, Old Courthouse, news, weather.


It was a beautiful morning in Genesee County, with temperatures in the teens so trees stayed flocked even though the sun was out and the sky was blue.

Top photo, from Court Street, looking toward the Old Courthouse.


The snow-covered eagle atop the Upton Monument taken through the window on the third floor of the Old Courthouse.


The Rowell Mansion.


Centennial Park (in black and white).


Centennial Park (in black and white).


The Barber Conable Post Office Building in Batavia.


The flag pole outside the Old Courthouse.

December 3, 2019 - 12:54pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Bethany, news, weather.


Photo submitted by Rena Mead.

December 2, 2019 - 1:22pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news, batavia.


Jason Smith shared with us this picture of a dove in the morning snow.

If you have a snow picture you would like to share, send it to [email protected].

December 1, 2019 - 12:00pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in news, weather.


As predicted, travel conditions today are treacherous. There have been multiple minor accidents reported around the county this morning.

Batavia PD is advising local residents to avoid travel:

Wowzers! This icy stuff is really making city streets and sidewalks slippery! We encourage everyone to avoid unnecessary travel as there’s numerous accidents throughout the area. So here’s a short list of things you could do rather than go outside...
1. Put up your tree (it’s December now, so it’s allowed).
2. Watch all the NEW Hallmark movies (all new until 8 p.m.!).
3. Nap with the cat or dog on the couch.
4. Play board games with the kids.
5. Make a list of gifts you need to get from your local city businesses.

In all seriousness, it’s pretty nasty out. Let’s give our friends over at the DPW the room they need to make the streets safe.

Have a safe day everyone!

Freezing rain and rain are expected to continue through 3 p.m.

Accuweather is reporting that more snow is on the way tonight with possible snowfall continuing until tomorrow afternoon.

Graphic: Courtesy Accuweather.

December 1, 2019 - 11:58am
posted by Howard B. Owens in news, weather.


November 30, 2019 - 5:41pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.


A winter weather advisory remains in effect for Genesee County starting at 4 a.m. and continuing until 6 p.m. Sunday with snow and ice expected.

Travel conditions could be treacherous, the National Weather Service advises. 

From one to three inches of snow accumulation and two-tenths of ice accumulation are predicted.

The NWS advises travelers to plan accordingly.

Graphic: Courtesy Accuweather.

November 29, 2019 - 4:12pm
posted by Billie Owens in weather, genesee county, news.

A winter weather advisory is in effect for Genesee County from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, according to the National Weather Service in Buffalo.

Mixed precipitation is expected, including total snow accumulations of one to two inches, and up to four inches across the northern Finger Lakes, with total ice accumulations of around 1/10th of an inch.

Plan on slippery road conditions. Periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will result in slippery roads and limited visibilities. Slow down and use caution while driving.

November 12, 2019 - 3:04pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, video.
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November 11, 2019 - 9:23pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news, batavia.

David Begnaud, CBS Evening News, did his live remote from Ellicott Avenue in Batavia tonight. His report begins at the 1:45 mark of this segment.

November 10, 2019 - 12:20pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.

Get ready, here it comes, maybe, the first significant snowfall of the season.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Monday morning through late Monday night.

Snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches are possible.

The worst travel conditions, the period of the heaviest snowfall, is expected from late Monday afternoon through Monday night.

November 7, 2019 - 2:50pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news, batavia.


We got a bit of snow today. In this photo, you can see the flakes cutting across the tree in a cornfield off of Route 33 near Route 237 in Batavia. We may get a little more snow tonight, with an anticipated low tonight of 28 degrees.

November 1, 2019 - 8:01am
posted by Howard B. Owens in power outages, weather, news.

There are at least 16 power outages reported in Genesee County after strong winds swept through the region overnight and are expected to continue into the early afternoon.

The largest outage appears to be in Pavilion and Stafford, just northwest of Texaco Town, with 87 customers without power. A crew is assigned and power restoration is expected by 4:30 p.m.

An outage in Batavia and Elba, just west of Route 98 has 52 customers without power. A crew is assigned and power is expected to be restored by 4 p.m.

In East Oakfield, 31, one customers are without power and should have it back by 4 p.m.

In Alexander, east of the Village on Route 20, 31 customers are without power. Restoration is expected by 4 p.m.

In Alabama, just west of the Route 63/77 intersection, 23 customers are without power. No crew has been assigned but power should be restored by 4 p.m.

In Byron, near Route 237 and Route 262, 20 customers are without power. Power should be restored by 4 p.m.

There is one outage in the Village of Le Roy with 13 customers affected and restoration expected by 4 p.m.

In the City of Batavia, there are two outages, one on the Southside, one near Clinton Street, with fewer than five customers affected at each location and power should be restored by 4 p.m.

October 31, 2019 - 4:47pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news, batavia.

The National Weather Service is forecasting heavy rain, about a half-inch, between 4:30 and 7 p.m. for Genesee County.

Those are prime trick-or-treat hours but at least two venues in Batavia are moving their Halloween-related events indoors.

There is an event, a fall festival, starting at 5 p.m. at City Church's St. Anthony's facility on Liberty Street and what was originally a "trunk-or-treat" event at Grace Baptist on Vine Street at 5:30 p.m.

As for the rain, expect flooding in low-lying areas. Motorists are urged to slow down during the storm. Brief gusty winds are expected around 7 p.m. before strong winds arrive before the morning.

October 31, 2019 - 11:44am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.

Strong winds are expected to start tonight at 8 p.m. and a high wind warning and hazardous weather outlook statement has been issued by the National Weather Service for Genesee County and most of Western New York.

Winds of 40 mph with gusts of 60 to 65 mph are forecast.

The warning is effect until 1 p.m. tomorrow.

Damaging winds could bring down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles.

The weather service urges people to avoid being outside and around trees and branches. The statement urges residents to remain in the lower levels of homes and to avoid windows.

October 30, 2019 - 4:01pm
posted by Billie Owens in national weather service, weather, batavia, news.

A hazardous weather outlook was issued shortly after 3 p.m. today by the National Weather Service in Buffalo for portions of Western New York, including Genesee County and specifically the City of Batavia.

There's a high wind watch in effect from Thursday evening through Friday evening.

Southwest winds 30 to 40 mph are expected with gusts up to 60 mph possible.

Damaging winds could blow down trees and power lines. Given the wet antecedent conditions that will be in place, shallow rooted pines will be most vulnerable.

Widespread power outages will be possible. Travel could be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.

Fasten loose objects or shelter objects in a safe location prior to the onset of winds.

October 27, 2019 - 11:46am
posted by Billie Owens in pembroke, news, weather.

Reader Tera Reinhardt sent us a couple photos taken on South Lake Road in Pembroke, where there was some weather-related damage.

October 23, 2019 - 9:49am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Pavilion, rainbow, weather, news.


A rainbow in Pavilion this morning. Photo by Samantha Stryker.

September 26, 2019 - 4:47pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in video, weather.

Reader Brandan Smith submitted this video of hail falling in Bergen.

Batavia also got hit with some thunder and lightning and hail though there was no prior alert from the National Weather Service of a heavy storm passing through the area.

September 16, 2019 - 10:58pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news, Alabama.


Rachael Anderson shared this picture from this evening of sunset in Alabama.

August 17, 2019 - 11:14am
posted by Billie Owens in weather, news, genesee county.

A hazardous weather outlook for Genesee County and portions of Western New York was issued this morning.

Thunderstorms are likely today. The storms could become quite strong during the midday and early afternoon with the greatest threat from the storms being localized damaging winds and hail.

Strong to severe thunderstorms will again be possible on Sunday with the risk for another round of localized damaging winds and hail.

Afternoon apparent temperatures Sunday through Tuesday may reach the lower 90s or higher. Keep in mind that heat advisories are issued when apparent temperatures reach at least 95 for two consecutive hours.

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