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December 6, 2018 - 3:33pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news, notify.

Snow squalls are expected to pass through the area this afternoon and early evening, according to the National Weather Service.

This could create areas of low visibility, and potential whiteout conditions, at times with brief periods of localized heavy snow and slick, snow-covered roads.

A cold front is crossing the region this afternoon, into early evening, resulting in lake effect snow from both Lake Erie and Lake Ontario that will move inland. This will affect the evening commute, particularly between about 4 to 6 p.m.

December 2, 2018 - 1:03pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.


Lyndsay Baker captured a shot of a rainbow this morning.

November 16, 2018 - 11:23am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, batavia, news.


It wasn't a lot of snow that fell overnight but it was wet and heavy and that made it hard to shovel, said Bob Pappalardo, above, who was clearing a driveway on Summit Street this morning.

Paul Lamendala, below, said the snow wasn't much easier to clear with a snow blower on the sidewalks outside of City Church/St. Anthony's on Liberty Street.

The snow is tapering off through early afternoon and Saturday and Sunday are expected to be partly cloudy.



November 15, 2018 - 3:30pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, weather.

A winter weather advisory is in effect from 4 p.m. this afternoon (Nov. 15) until 7 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, according to the National Weather Service office in Buffalo.

Snow is expected. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches expected across Orleans, Monroe and Genesee counties.

The snow may mix with sleet this afternoon and evening. The snow may mix with freezing rain this afternoon and evening across portions of Northern Erie and Genesee counties with less than a 10th of an inch of ice accumulation.

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

November 9, 2018 - 4:54pm
posted by Billie Owens in weather, news.

A winter weather advisory, issued by the National Weather Service office in Buffalo, is in effect from 3 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10.

Lake effect snow is expected. Total snow accumulations of three to five inches are expected in the most persistant lake effect snow areas. Lake effect snowfall will occur in relatively narrow bands.

Wind gusting up to 45 mph is also expected.

Northern Genesee County is specifically cited.

Plan on slippery road conditions.

If traveling be prepared for rapidly changing road conditions and visibilities.

November 5, 2018 - 8:48am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.

Winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph are expected tomorrow prompting the National Weather Service to issue a wind advisory.

The advisory runs from 7 a.m. Tuesday to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Rain is also possible on Tuesday.

The winds could result in some downed tree limbs and isolated power outages. Driving high-profile vehicles will be more difficult.

November 2, 2018 - 10:50am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, Bataiva, news.


Local commuters found it was a foggy drive through Batavia this morning.

October 31, 2018 - 4:06pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.

With rainfall anticipated of 1.5 to 2 inches anticipated, and the ground already saturated, the National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for Genesee County starting Thursday afternoon and continuing through Friday afternoon.

The NWS stated:

Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall may result in minor flooding of poor drainage areas and small creeks from late Thursday afternoon through early Friday morning. Minor flooding is also possible on some of the larger creeks and rivers on Friday, including the upper Genesee River, upper Allegheny River, and Buffalo area creeks.

October 4, 2018 - 10:37am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, weather, news.


The sky lit up this morning and readers sent us pictures.

Melanie Case submitted the rainbow over Bank Street in the top photo.


Submitted by Guy Clark.


Submitted by Frank Capuano.

September 19, 2018 - 3:22pm
posted by Billie Owens in weather, national weather service.

A hazardous weather outlook was issued this afternoon by the National Weather Service office in Buffalo.

It is for portions of Western New York, including Genesee County, through Tuesday.

This afternoon and tonight the probability of widespread hazardous weather is low. Gusty southwest winds will develop Friday ahead of a strong cold front. Winds may gust to over 50 mph northeast of Lake Erie, including much of the Niagara Frontier to near Rochester.

Scattered thunderstorms will then develop from mid-afternoon through mid-evening Friday along and ahead of the advancing strong cold front. There is a slight risk that some of these storms may contain damaging winds.

September 3, 2018 - 3:32pm
posted by Billie Owens in weather, news, byron, Oakfield, notify.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Northern Genesee County.

At 3:12 p.m. the National Weather Service office in Buffalo issued the warning, saying the severe thunderstorm was located near Middleport, or seven miles west of Medina, moving east at 35 mph.

It is in effect until 4:15 p.m.

Expect up to 60 mph winds and up to three-quarters of an inch of hail; damage to roofs, siding, and trees. Locations impacted include Byron and Oakfield.

For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building. Damaging winds and continuous cloud-to-ground lightning is occurring with this storm. Move indoors immediately. Lightning is one of nature`s leading killers. Remember, if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning.

August 30, 2018 - 11:29am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia Downs, news, batavia, weather, rainbows.


Photo from yesterday evening by Jim Schmitt.

August 16, 2018 - 5:45pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.

A series of strong thunderstorms is passing through the area, reports the National Weather Service.

The storms may intensify and torrential rains are possible, which could cause localized flooding.

Winds in excess of 30 mph are expected.

August 8, 2018 - 10:48am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news, Le Roy.

Le Roy Fire is requested to the viaduct on West Main Street near Royal Drive for a report of flooding.

UPDATE 10:51 a.m.: Westbound traffic is blocked at Gilbert Street.

UPDATE 10:59 a.m.: A vehicle got stuck in the water. The occupant is out of the vehicle. Gilbert Street is flooded. There is also flooding at the fire hall.

UPDATE 11:51 a.m.: The flooding has cleared on West Main Street.

August 1, 2018 - 4:53pm
posted by Billie Owens in weather, batavia, news, notify, Batavia Concert Band.

There is a hazardous weather outlook in effect for Genesee County.

The National Weather Service says showers and thunderstorms today will increase in number with a marginal risk for strong to severe thunderstorms by late afternoon. Damaging wind gusts is the primary threat, with isolated large hail also possible.

Because of this outlook, tonight's free concert by the Batavia Concert Band at Centennial Park has been moved to Stuart Steiner Theatre at Genesee Community College. It will also feature a student alumni musical tribute to the late Batavia school band instructor Neil Hartwick.

July 25, 2018 - 1:37pm
posted by Billie Owens in weather, news.

At 1:11 p.m. today the National Weather Service in Buffalo issued a hazardous weather outlook for portions of Western New York, including Genesee County.

This afternoon and tonight, there will be a low probability of widespread hazardous weather. Starting late Thursday, scattered thunderstorms will approach, with a few capable of producing isolated damaging wind gusts and locally heavy rainfall.

The hazardous weather outlook continues through Tuesday.

July 16, 2018 - 10:18pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news, notify.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for all of Genesee County by the National Weather Service and it is in effect until 10:45 p.m.

The storm is moving east at 35 mph hour with wind gusts up to 60 mph. Damage to roofs, siding and trees possible. 

The National Weather Service recommends moving to an interior room at the lowest floor of your building.

Large hail and damaging wind and continuous cloud-to-ground lightning spotted in this storm, along with torrential rainfall, and flash flooding is possible.

July 12, 2018 - 3:41pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, batavia, news, notify.


We're only in July and Batavia has already exceeded its "normal for a year" number of days of highs reaching 90 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Normal is six days of 90 degrees or higher. Batavia has reached that mark seven times so far.

Batavia could see temperatures as high as 90 degrees again on Sunday and Monday.

Image via the NWS Buffalo Twitter account.

July 3, 2018 - 2:29pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, National Grid, news.

Press release:

Due to high energy demand caused by this week’s extreme heat and humidity, National Grid is asking Upstate New York customers to reduce unnecessary electricity usage for the remainder of the week. Electricity supply to the area is adequate, but continued heavy demand and high temperatures could pose a threat to network reliability.

The company recommends a few simple customer actions to help reduce demand on utility equipment and maintain system reliability. These small actions, combined with those of your neighbors, can make a big difference -- and they can help you better manage your energy bill.

  Draw blinds, shades, drapes to prevent the sun from making your home too hot.

  Slightly increase air conditioner settings, change the filter, use fans – The lower your air conditioner temperature, the more costly it is to operate. For example, a 75-degree setting will cost about 18 percent more than a 78-degree setting. Set the thermostat as high as comfort will permit. In addition, check your window air conditioner filter and replace or clean it if necessary. If your home has central air conditioning, check the condition of the furnace filter and replace it if dirty. Using fans instead of air conditioning also reduces energy usage.

  Consider a programmable thermostat – You could save up to $180 annually by adjusting cooling temperatures when rooms are unoccupied.

  Turn off lights when they are not needed.

  Delay the use of hot water appliances like dishwashers and washing machines.

  Unplug electronics – Even though your electronics, like televisions and computers, are turned off they may still draw electricity. Unplug any unnecessary electronics and chargers. In addition, using an advanced power strip on your entertainment system reduces phantom load energy use and can save you up to $60 annually.

  Turn off your pool pump – Pool pumps are one of the largest consumers of household energy—second only to the air conditioning unit.

Reminder to Remain Diligent Regarding Heat Stress

National Grid also reminds customers that prolonged temperatures of 90°F or higher can lead to heat-related illnesses, especially for the elderly, young children and those with chronic illnesses. More information on heat stress can be found here.

June 13, 2018 - 4:47pm
posted by Billie Owens in weather, genesee county, news.

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 11 p.m. in Genesee County, and other portions of Western New York, according to the National Weather Service.


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