Written by Dan Fischer on December 23, 2022
Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties are now under a Blizzard Warning.
The seldom issued Blizzard Warning remains in effect until Sunday morning.
Expect very icy road conditions as temperatures continue to fall significantly throughout the day.
Temperatures will eventually fall into the single digits resulting in a flash freeze.
The National Weather service is predicting 2 to 3 feet of snow and up to 70 mile per hour winds, resulting in wind chills well below zero.
Numerous isolated power outages have been reported.
As of Noon today, 1,608 customers ogf National Grid were without power in Genesee County.
Travel is expected to be near impossible, exposure outside could result in frostbite in 30 minutes or less if in direct wind.
A travel advisory is in effect for Genesee County. All motorists are urged to avoid any unnecessary travel. Ice and white out conditions will make any driving extremely hazardous.
The New York State Thruway is closed to all commercial travel from Henrietta to the Pennsylvania Line.
The governor has declared a state of emergency through the weekend. Batavia City and Genesee County buildings are all closed and expected to reopen Tuesday.
New York legislators have a bill to give themselves a 29-percent raise, which would make them the highest paid state lawmakers in the U.S.
The raise extends to members of the state Assembly and Senate, making the base salary $142,000.
However, they would then be limited in earnings at other jobs, with external income capped at $35,000 come 2025.
Batavia Assemblyman Steve Hawley says he voted against the raise calling it “tone deaf” and “embarrassing.”