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A heavy, wet snow has begun to accumulate on leafy trees, weighting down branches – exactly the situation forecasters and utility crews are concerned about.
Jim Mitchell is on duty at the National Weather Service in Buffalo: 
"With all that snow on the branches, that's one of our big concerns is that we're gonna see some tree limbs coming down possibly taking out power."
We have no reports of any power outages yet.
Four area schools were closed today: Attica, Wyoming and Pavilion Central and Genesee Valley BOCES, Mount Morris campus were closed today.
The national Weather service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for all of Western New York until 7AM tomorrow.

The drivers of two cars have both died following a head on crash yesterday morning in Batavia.  The Genesee County Sheriff's Office says 25-year-old Quayeshawn Smith of Medina was driving a car that crossed into the southbound lane of Route-63, striking a car head on.  Smith and 74-year-old Rosemary Calla were both trapped inside their vehicles and later pronounced dead.  The cause of the crash has not been determined and is under investigation.

Investigators in Orleans County are trying to determine the cause of an overnight fire in the Town of Clarendon.
Just after midnight, fire fighters were called to a home on East Lee Road.
One man was home at the time. He was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation.
The fire started in the kitchen and caused considerable damage to the home.

The Batavia City Council is meeting tonight.
City lawmakers are expected to honor Police Chief Randy Baker who is retiring at the end of this month. 
Council meets at 7PM tonight in City hall.

The naming rights for the new Women and Children's Hospital are up for sale.  Officials say the asking price for the rights is $10-million, a steep price tag, but a relatively small piece of the hospital's fundraising goal of $40-million.  The new hospital is being planned for the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, and is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.

It appears as though Western New Yorkers are spending less money supporting their favorite presidential candidates.  
The "Buffalo News" analyzed campaign spending by Western New Yorkers and found recent fundraising has brought in far less money than election time in 2008.  During President Obama's run to the White House, Western New Yorkers spent an estimated $1.3-million for their favorite candidates.  But this time around, that amount has dipped to below $200,000.  
 

 

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