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Updated Ice Problems as of 11:30AM Sunday



Buffalo, NY (WBEN)

A FLOOD WARNING is in effect for much of the area until 3:00 p.m. Sunday

Event: Flood Warning
Alert:
...THE FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 300 PM EST FOR URBAN 
AREAS AND SMALL STREAMS IN ERIE...ORLEANS...NIAGARA...CHAUTAUQUA... 
WYOMING...GENESEE...CATTARAUGUS AND ALLEGANY COUNTIES... 
 
AT 1015 AM EST NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED THAT 
RAIN HAS TAPERED OFF TO INTERMITTENT LIGHT SHOWERS. EVEN THOUGH RAIN 
HAS ENDED...SIGNIFICANT FLOODING CONTINUES IN URBAN AREAS AND NEAR 
SMALL STREAMS WITH A LARGE NUMBER OF ROAD CLOSURES STILL IN EFFECT. 
THIS INCLUDES MANY ROADS IN THE BUFFALO METRO AREA. 
WATER LEVELS WILL BEGIN TO SLOWLY RECEDE THIS AFTERNOON AS THE 
EXCESSIVE RUNOFF DRAINS OFF. WATER LEVELS IN SMALL CREEKS AND POOR 
DRAINAGE AREAS WILL DIMINISH. 
A FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR HAS BEEN REPORTED. 
STREAM RISES WILL BE SLOW AND FLASH FLOODING IS NOT EXPECTED. 
HOWEVER...ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHOULD TAKE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS 
IMMEDIATELY.
Instructions: MOST FLOOD DEATHS OCCUR IN AUTOMOBILES. NEVER DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE ROADWAY. FLOOD WATERS ARE USUALLY DEEPER THAN THEY APPEAR. JUST ONE FOOT OF FLOWING WATER IS POWERFUL ENOUGH TO SWEEP VEHICLES OFF THE ROAD. WHEN ENCOUNTERING FLOODED ROADS MAKE THE SMART CHOICE...TURN AROUND...DONT DROWN.

A FLOOD WATCH is also in effect for 10:00 p.m. Sunday night.

Event: Flood Watch
Alert:
...EXCESSIVE RUNOFF AND SNOWMELT CONTINUES TODAY... 
HEAVY RAIN HAS ENDED ACROSS THE AREA...HOWEVER EXCESSIVE RUNOFF 
FROM 2 TO 3 INCHES OF RAIN OVER THE WEEKEND COMBINED WITH ONGOING 
SNOWMELT IN SOME AREAS WILL CONTINUE TO RESULT IN FLOODING OF LOW 
LYING AND POOR DRAINAGE AREAS IN BOTH URBAN AND RURAL AREAS. MANY 
RIVERS AND SMALL STREAMS IN WESTERN NEW YORK ARE ALSO OUT OF 
THEIR BANKS. SEE THE LATEST FLOOD WARNINGS FOR MORE DETAILS. 
 
...FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM EST THIS EVENING... 
 
THE FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR 
 
* PORTIONS OF CENTRAL AND WESTERN NEW YORK...INCLUDING THE 
FOLLOWING COUNTIES...IN CENTRAL NEW YORK...JEFFERSON...LEWIS... 
NORTHERN CAYUGA AND OSWEGO. IN WESTERN NEW YORK...ALLEGANY... 
CATTARAUGUS...CHAUTAUQUA...GENESEE...LIVINGSTON...MONROE... 
NIAGARA...NORTHERN ERIE...ONTARIO...ORLEANS...SOUTHERN ERIE... 
WAYNE AND WYOMING. 
 
* UNTIL 10 PM EST THIS EVENING. 
 
* HEAVY RAIN ALONG WITH SNOW MELT WILL RESULT IN EXCESSIVE 
RUNOFF AND SIGNIFICANT RISES ON AREA RIVERS AND CREEKS. MANY 
SMALL STREAMS AND CREEKS WILL EXCEED THEIR BANKS. 
 
* IN ADDITION TO RIVERS...FLOODING IS ALSO LIKELY IN LOW LYING 
AND POOR DRAINAGE AREAS IN BOTH URBAN AND RURAL AREAS.
Instructions: A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON CURRENT FORECASTS. YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP. STAY TUNED TO WEATHER RADIO OR OTHER RADIO AND TV STATIONS FOR FURTHER DETAILS OR UPDATES
   


The usual trouble spots are again under flood warnings -- Tonawanda, Cazenovia, Buffalo, Ellicott, Cayuga, and Cattaraugus Creeks.

The National Weather Service predicts this will likely be the most significant flooding these basins have seen for several years.

Flooding already has closed roads in Collins, Brant, Concord and Boston -- and a more-than six-mile stretch of State Route 20 south of Batavia, between Routes 63 and 98.

Lockport has issued a travel advisory this morning because of down tree limbs and wires. They say about 60 percent of the area is without power this morning.

 

Some areas are improving. The Thruway Authority says the Thruway eastbound at the 33 is now open...as is the ramp at William Street.Also reopened is the 990 to the 290 east.

The last we have heard:

Parts of Elmwood under water

Parts of the Scajaquada Expressway closed at 190 to Parkside

Parts of Delaware at the 198.

Transit Road in Depew closed from Walden to Terrace

Route 5 in Brant between Old Lake Shore and Milestrip

River Rd between Sheridan and Grand Island Blvd

There also is an Ice Storm WARNING through noon Sunday for the northern half of the region, especially north of the Thruway.

There's a Freezing Rain ADVISORY for Wyoming County.

 

There also is an Ice Storm WARNING through noon Sunday for the northern half of the region, especially north of the Thruway.

There's a Freezing Rain ADVISORY for Wyoming County

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN NEW YORK...

GENESEE RIVER AT PORTAGEVILLE

ALLEGHENY RIVER AT OLEAN

CATTARAUGUS CREEK AT GOWANDA

CAZENOVIA CREEK NEAR EBENEZER

BUFFALO CREEK NEAR GARDENVILLE

CAYUGA CREEK NEAR LANCASTER

ELLICOTT CREEK NEAR WILLIAMSVILLE

TONAWANDA CREEK AT BATAVIA

TONAWANDA CREEK AT RAPIDS

ALLEGHENY RIVER AT SALAMANCA

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE CAYUGA CREEK NEAR LANCASTER * UNTIL THIS AFTERNOON. *

AT 3 AM this morning, the STAGE WAS 8.2 FEET AND RISING. * FLOOD STAGE IS 8.0 FEET. * MINOR FLOODING IS OCCURRING AND MINOR FLOODING IS FORECAST. * FORECAST...THE RIVER WILL CONTINUE TO RISE AND CREST NEAR 8.5 FEET THIS MORNING.

 

FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST THIS MORNING FOR WYOMING COUNTY.

* ACCUMULATIONS...LESS THAN ONE TENTH OF AN INCH THIS MORNING...LEADING TO STORM TOTALS OF ONE TENTH OF AN INCH

***FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR ALL OF WNY THROUGH THIS EVENING.


From NITTEC as of 11:30AM

  • Route 240 Northbound - Closed from Seneca Street to North Seneca Street in the Town of West Seneca due to flooding. Reported at 4:08 am. (ID# 676)
  • Route 240 Southbound - Closed between North Seneca Street and Seneca Street in the Town of West Seneca due to flooding. Reported at 4:16 am and updated at 4:18 am. (ID# 677)
  • RTE 266 Northbound - Closed between Sawyer Avenue and Route 950C (Grand Island Boulevard) in the Town of Tonawanda due to flooding. Reported at 4:39 am. (ID# 684)
  • RTE 266 Southbound - Closed between Route 950C (Grand Island Boulevard) and Sawyer Avenue in the Town of Tonawanda because of flooding. Reported at 4:45 am. (ID# 685


There are power outages reported thoughout the area - According to National Grid about 23 thousand customers in the region are without power while NYSEG reports about 6,500 without power.


From AP:

CANTON, N.Y. (AP) -- A winter storm bringing ice and whipping winds to upstate New York and northern Vermont knocked out power to thousands of customers as officials urged motorists to avoid traveling in dangerously slick conditions.

More than 95,000 utility customers woke up without power Sunday morning in New York, Vermont and Maine because of widespread ice accumulations.

In New York's St. Lawrence County, almost 2 inches of ice had accumulated early Sunday, coating tree limbs and power lines, county dispatch operations supervisor Jim Chestnut said.

Winds were expected to pick up, increasing the chances of outage issues, but a state of emergency was keeping roads clear of hapless motorists, Chestnut said.

"It's a big party weekend, the Saturday before Christmas," Chestnut said. "This put a little bit of a damper onto that."

"Fortunately, there were not many accidents but mainly because people are staying off the road," added County Administrator Karen St. Hilaire.

Up to an inch of ice had accumulated across the northernmost part Vermont, said Conor Lahiff, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Burlington, Vt. In Maine, about 5 inches of snow had accumulated in the northernmost counties, with ice accumulations up to a half-inch along the coast, he said.

"It's pretty messy out there. Lots of power outages, lots of trees down," Lahiff said.

Significant accumulations of ice were expected to continue into Sunday afternoon.

National Grid reported nearly 67,000 customers without power in New York on Sunday morning. Spokesman Steve Brady said that number likely will rise. The utility said earlier it could be Monday before service is restored to some customers.

Brady said bulk of the outages were along Lake Ontario, stretching from Niagara and Erie counties in the west to Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties in the north.

He said a light overnight staff restoring power had grown to full contingent by 5 a.m.

About 16,000 outages were reported in Vermont - mostly in the north - though Burlington International Airport briefly lost power Saturday evening. A generator kicked on but service was quickly restored, airport Director of Operations Kelly Colling said.

"We're doing well, surprisingly well," she said.

Maine utilities reported about 12,000 customers without power Sunday morning, mostly along the coast.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland released parishioners from obligation to attend Mass, urging "extreme caution and prudence" about travel decisions.

Even after the storm moves out, a deep freeze is expected to set in.

"If anything, we're going to be trending toward below-normal temperatures through the middle of the week," Evenson said. Highs in the region are expected to reach only the teens on Tuesday and Wednesday with temperatures falling into the single digits or below zero at night.


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