Evening News Brief
Written by Dan Fischer on February 2, 2022
Western New York, and a good chuck of the nation, bracing for another bout of winter weather.
A Winter Storm Warning has been posted for Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties from 10pm this evening through 1pm on Friday.
The National Weather Service is predicting heavy, wet snow accumulating 8 to 12 inches during the warning period. The greatest accumulation is expected tomorrow and tomorrow night.
City firemen raced to Tully’s Restaurant on East Main Street this afternoon. Smoke was seen coming from the rear of the building. Turns out repairs were in progress and caused the facia to catch fire. Workers used a hand extinguisher to put of the fire before Batavia Firemen arrived. There was no damage to the inside of the restaurant.
Another water leak in the city. This one is on Elm Street between East Main and Fisher Park. This leak interrupted work to repair a leak on Oak Street. Water department officials tell WBTA that freeze – thaw – freeze conditions contribute significantly to the numbers of leaks they are dealing with.
The Genesee County Health Department has scheduled a free anti-rabies immunization clinic for next week. The clinic will be held next Thursday from 4 until 7 at the Town of Batavia Highway Garage. Vaccinations are free for dogs, cats and ferrets but donations are appreciated.
Coronavirus numbers keep declining in New York State. Latest daily figures show total COVID hospitalizations are now under seven-thousand. There were about five hundred fewer people in the hospitals than the previous day’s report. The percentage of people testing positive keeps heading lower and is now a little over five percent.
Pennsylvania’s official weather-predicting groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, says there will be six more weeks of winter. For the second year in a row, Phil saw his shadow. That traditionally means there will be almost two more months of winter-like weather.