posted on December 27, 2012 07:21
It is the first winter storm event of the season.
An estimated 8 to 10 inches of new snow has come down on Genesee County…most of it over night.
The storm began, as predicted, late yesterday afternoon with a persistent but icy snowfall.
Visibility was gradually reduced through the evening and the snowfall, also as predicted, became heavier over night.
This morning, traffic is moving in Batavia.
Main roads and side streets have been plowed.
PHOTO: Main & Center, Batavia WBTA News Pic
Bad weather in other cities is causing flight delays out of Buffalo and Rochester International Airports.
A check with both shows most departing flights are cancelled or delayed this morning.
It is best to check with your individual airline.
New York State Thruway:
Between Batavia and Buffalo the road surface is down to wet pavement;
Batavia to Rochester also good with some snow and icy conditions on Routes 390 and 490.
A special weather statement was issued by the National Weather Service at 6:36AM:
WHILE THE HEAVY ACCUMULATING SNOWS HAVE ENDED...LEFTOVER LIGHT SNOW SHOWERS AND PATCHY FREEZING DRIZZLE WILL KEEP THE THREAT OF SLICK SURFACES IN PLACE THROUGHOUT THE REGION.
DURING THE COURSE OF THE MORNING...THE VERY LIGHT PRECIPITATION SHOULD GIVE WAY TO SOME STEADY LIGHT SNOW.
ADDITIONAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS THROUGH LATE MORNING WILL BE UNDER AN INCH IN MOST AREAS.
One of the victims of the deadly Christmas Eve shooting in Webster is speaking out about the ordeal. Greece Police Officer John Ritter says he was responding to the fire at William Spengler's residence when a bullet smashed through his windshield.
At a news conference yesterday, Ritter emotionally explained how he was able to escape the "kill zone" and managed to warn others about entering the area.
Ritter remains stunned he survived the incident, saying "I don't know why I'm still here."
Governor Andrew Cuomo could soon be facing a backlash over any efforts to toughen gun laws in the state. Officials with the state Rifle and Pistol Association say they plan to activate phone banks asking gun owners to bombard Cuomo and legislators with phone calls and e-mails demanding no new restrictions on guns in New York State. Group leaders say tougher gun restrictions will not prevent tragedies like the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting.