posted on December 29, 2009 07:22
Bitter cold wind chills greets Batavia commuters this morning, along with 4 to 6 inches of new overnight snow.
The temperature at 7:00am was 4-degrees and with winds out of the west at 5 to 10 miles an hour, the wind chill was 10-degreesbelow zero.
The weather instruments at the State School for the Blind recorded a peak wind gust early this morning of 27 miles an hour.
All of Western New York is under a Winter Weather Advisory.
There are no specific watches or warnings for Genesee or Orleans Counties.
A lake-effect snow warning has been posted until six tonight for southern Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties.
Flags will fly at half-staff tomorrow across New York State in honor of Army Specialist Jason Johnston of Albion.
Johnston, a member of the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, was killed on Saturday when his unit was attacked with an IED, an improvised explosive device planted along a roadside.
Johnston’s parents, Brad and Jenny Johnston, wrote in a statement to <i>WBTA News</i> that Jason always wanted to be in the military. He felt a strong sense of duty to serve. His parents said Jason wanted to attend Syracuse University following his term in the army.
The State Police union is upset with Governor Paterson over the size of his security detail.
Officials with the state Troopers Police Benevolent Association say the governor now has over 200 officers assigned to his detail, yet the governor has ordered a hiring freeze for new state troopers.
The number of state troopers on patrol has declined from nearly three-thousand in 2006 to about 27-hundred this year.
Batavia Police have released the condition of boy struck by a vehicle on Washington Avenue last Wednesday. Buffalo Women’s and Children’s Hospital reports that 13-year-old James DiFalco’s condition has improved from guarded, to stable.