Morning News Briefing
Written by WBTA STAFF on January 18, 2019
Early warning for this weekend’s winter storm.
The National Weather Service is issuing a Winter Storm Warning for the upcoming weekend that could bring the first significant snowfall of the New Year.
Forecasters are calling for heavy snow fall with total snow accumulations of 10 to 14 inches and winds gusting as high as 35 mph.
The warning covers the entire Western New York region including Orleans, Genesee, and Wyoming Counties.
The storm warning is expected to be in effect from 1 p.m. tomorrow until 6 p.m. Sunday.
The weather service says that travel will be very difficult to impossible in some areas.
Blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility and the cold wind chills as low as 15 below zero could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.
Albion police identify elderly couple listed in guarded condition following an Albion House Fire.
According to Police 81 year old Vincenzo Spampanato, and 72 year old Felicia Spampanato, transported to Strong Memorial Hospital following an explosion and fire at their home on Elmwood Ave in Albion on Wednesday evening.
As of yesterday afternoon both victims were said to be in guarded condition at the Hospital’s Burn Unit.
The initial investigation has revealed that Vincenzo Spampanato was performing maintenance on a gas heating appliance in the basement of the residence when an explosion occurred, ultimately resulting in the house catching fire and becoming heavily involved in fire.
The Investigation into the cause of the explosion and resulting fire remains on-going.
Genesee County’s new top dog is getting ready for training.
Sheriff William Sheron provided an update on the newest recruit to the Sheriff’s Office, K9 Frankie and took the opportunity to thank all the donors for support.
Sheriff Sheron appearing on WBTA’s Main and Center program…
Sheron said that they are on track to purchase another K9 for the Sheriff’s Office, however they need other officers to be trained as well and he is hopeful to be ready for another dog at the department by this time next year.
Fresh off launching a presidential exploratory committee, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is heading to Iowa.
She’ll be in Sioux City today for a walking tour and house party with local activists.
Tomorrow, she’ll be in Boone, Ames and Des Moines to talk with potential supporters.
According to a recent Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa Poll, 35-percent of likely Democratic caucusgoers had a favorable opinion of Gillibrand.
55-percent said they were undecided.