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February 26, 2020 - 10:38pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in news, weather.

Schools that have canceled classes:

  • Batavia City Schools
  • Byron-Bergen Central School
  • Elba Central School 
  • LeRoy Central School 
  • Notre Dame High School
  • Oakfield-Alabama Central School
  • Pavilion Central School
  • GCC Batavia campus

Closures and cancellations:

  • Richmond Memorial Library
  • Office for the Aging has cancelled Meals On Wheels deliveries today and congregate meal sites are closed. Cients should use their emergency meals.
  • Liberty Center for Youth is closed.
  • GAPA's "Employee Engagement" event at the Dibble Center tonight is canceled.
  • Classic Optical

Email closures and cancellations to [email protected]

February 26, 2020 - 9:05am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.


Heavy snow is expected tonight through tomorrow afternoon throughout Western New York.

A winter storm warning has been issued from 10 p.m. through 1 p.m. Thursday.

Snow accumulations of five to nine inches are expected with winds from 45 to 50 mph, which is likely to result in blowing and drifting snow.

The National Weather Service warns that travel will become difficult with very poor visibility and snow-covered roadways. The hazardous conditions will impact the Thursday morning commute. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches.

Graphic: Accuweather.

February 18, 2020 - 1:58pm
posted by Billie Owens in weather, news.

A Hazardous Weather Outlook was issued this afternoon by the National Weather Service office in Buffalo for portions of Western New York, including Genesee County. This afternoon and tonight south winds may gust in the 35 to 45 mph range, especially along the Lake Erie shore and across higher terrain.

February 12, 2020 - 5:02pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.


A winter weather advisory is in effect for 12 hours, from 10 p.m. until 10 a.m. with three to five inches of snow expected in Genesee County, according to the National Weather Service

Residents can also expect very cold air to hit the region Thursday night through Friday night with wind chills dropping below zero.

Graphic: Accuweather

February 5, 2020 - 3:43pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.


A winter weather advisory is in effect from 7 o'clock tonight until 1 p.m. Thursday, with a winter storm watch in effect from Thursday evening through late Friday night.

The advisory calls for mixed precipitation with snow accumulation of two to four inches and ice accumulation of a few hundredths of an inch.

For the winter storm watch, heavy snow is possible with as much as six inches falling on parts of Genesee County.

Travel could be difficult and perhaps hazardous at times.

Graphic: Accuweather.

January 26, 2020 - 8:51pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, news, batavia, weather.


A light amount of heavy, wet snow is falling in Batavia and the roads are getting slick.

At about 8:35 p.m., a vehicle failed to negotiate a curve in Ganson Avenue and slid into a tree. City fire and Mercy EMS were called to the scene to evaluate a pregnant woman who was riding in the backseat.

Officer Mark Lawrence said City DPW has been notified of road conditions and are expected to start treating roadways.

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January 16, 2020 - 9:55pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.


Genesee County could get as much as six inches of snow from a storm that is passing through the Northeast this weekend, according to a forecast by Accuweather.

The storm is expected to hit Western New York after 7 a.m., Saturday.

January 13, 2020 - 3:02pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Darien, weather, news.


An outbuilding rests on its roof in Corfu (Town of Darien) off of Route 33 just east of the County line following Saturday night's windstorm.

Photo submitted by a  Arielle McVay​.

January 12, 2020 - 10:35am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news, notify.


There are more than two dozen power outages reported in Genesee County following a night of strong winds that brought down trees and power lines and kept local fire crews responding to sparking and arcing lines throughout the night.

The largest outage is in the South Byron, Byron, and a bit into the Bergen area of the county with more than 800 National Grid customers without power. A work crew has just been assigned to that outage and power restoration is expected by 6 p.m.

There are six outages in the City of Batavia. The larges stretches along Ellicott Street from Jackson Street to Cedar Street and as far south as Jackson Primary School and north to about Florence Avenue. There are 547 customers without power in that outage. A crew has been assigned and power restoration is expected by 6 p.m.

There's an outage affecting 108 customers in the Naramore Drive area. A crew has not yet been assigned but power restoration expected by 6 p.m.

There are three other outages in the city affecting five customers are less.

There is an outage in the Town of Pembroke, west of Indian Falls, with 59 customers without power. No crew has been assigned. Power restoration is expected before 6 p.m.

There are two outages in Alabama. One affecting 16 customers the other 20. A crew has not been assigned. Power should be restored by 6 p.m.

On either side of Route 20 in Alexander and Bethany, along West Bethany Road and Molasses Hill Road, 58 customers are without power. No crew has been assigned and power restoration is expected by 6 p.m.

Residents in the area of Godfrey's pond, 42 customers, are without power. No crew assigned. Restoration by 6 p.m.

There's an area with 114 customers just west of Route 237 and mostly north of North Byron Road that is without power. No crew assigned. Restoration expected by 6 p.m.

Photos: Top three photos by Philip Casper of a tree down on Ellicott Avenue.



Below, reader-submitted photos. If you have weather-related photos to submit, email them to [email protected] or text (585) 260-6970.



January 12, 2020 - 6:37am
posted by Billie Owens in byron, news, weather.

A telephone pole fell onto a house at 6281 Walker Corners Road in Byron. No word on injuries. Byron and South Byron fire departments are responding. "Residents are trapped," says a dispatcher. A Sheriff's deputy is heading there to check on residents.

Multiple power, phone and cable lines and signs and trees are down countywide and multiple alarms for fire and burglary have been called in due to strong winds during the early morning hours. Emergency responders have been very busy.

According to the National Weather Service, a powerful winter storm with snow, ice, heavy rain, severe thunderstorms and flash flooding hit much of the eastern United States Saturday and is expected to wind down today. Gusty winds are anticipated behind the storm which is why wind advisories are issued across a large portion of the eastern United States, including Genesee County.

UPDATE 6:47: "Sounds like (Byron and South Byron) fire's all set. Where do you want me to go next?" the deputy asks.

January 4, 2020 - 3:25pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in brennan briggs, football, sports, weather, batavia.


Jackson Briggs, son of Batavia Blue Devils football Coach Brennan Briggs, made his first snowman today, finishing it this morning in advance of the Buffalo Bills' playoff game today in Houston.

Photo submitted by Brennan Briggs.

December 30, 2019 - 5:52pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, weather, news.


Caitlin Napper submitted this photo of a double rainbow taken today in Le Roy.

December 18, 2019 - 12:22pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news, batavia, notify.

A potentially dangerous snow squall is moving through the region and is expected to hit Genesee County by 12:45 p.m., according to the the National Weather Service.

A weather warning has been issued.

The Weather Service warns of poor visibility, heavy and blowing snow, with wind gusts of 30 mph.

The warning is based on radar images. 

The Weather Service warns of "dangerous life-threatening travel" during the squall.

December 17, 2019 - 4:34pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.


A low-pressure zone will pass over Genesee County tonight and into tomorrow bringing persistent snow and temperatures between zero and 10 degrees, according to Accuweather.

During snowfall and squalls, whiteout conditions could persist. Travel could be treacherous.

The National Weather Service forecast:

Tonight: Scattered snow showers before 1a.m., then a chance of snow showers after 3 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22. West wind 7 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Wednesday: Snow showers likely before 5 p.m., then snow after 5 p.m. Temperature falling to around 15 by 5 p.m. Breezy, with a west wind 17 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

December 16, 2019 - 6:23pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.


Genesee County is on the northern perimeter of a long storm path that is moving from the Midwest to the Northeast over tonight and into tomorrow evening.

If we see snow, which is predicted, the range is expected to be from one to three inches.

Graphic: Accuweather.

December 11, 2019 - 4:19pm
posted by James Burns in news, weather.


Batavia received a coating of lake effect snow this afternoon.


December 11, 2019 - 11:31am
posted by Billie Owens in news, weather.

A band of heavy lake effect snow will affect northwestern Genesee County today, according to the National Weather Service.

At 9:22 this morning, a band of lake effect snow producing snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour was located across Niagara and Orleans counties, centered near a Niagara Falls to Lockport to Medina line.

The band will remain nearly stationary through 11:30 a.m. and then will begin to move southward early this afternoon.

Expect poor travel conditions within this band with visibility a quarter mile or less.

Winds will also pick up late this morning, resulting in areas of blowing and drifting snow.

UPDATE 11:52 a.m.: A winter weather advisory is in effect until 5 p.m. with heavy lake effect snow, with total snow accumulations of three to five inches expected and wind gusts up to 40 mph. This is expected to create very difficult travel conditions and significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the afternoon commute.

December 10, 2019 - 1:23pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, weather.

Earlier this morning the National Weather Service in Buffalo issued a severe weather alert for lake effect snow and blowing snow from 5 a.m. through 7 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 11).

Total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches are expected in the most persistent lake snows across Northern Erie and Western Genesee counties. Winds gusting as high as 40 mph will produce blowing snow and very poor visibility at times.

Lake effect snow will move north across the area Wednesday morning, then intensify and move back south Wednesday afternoon.

Travel could be very difficult for brief periods of time. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning and afternoon commute.

Lake effect snow will fall in relatively narrow bands. If traveling, be prepared for rapidly changing road conditions and

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.

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