Ben Beagle / Livingston County News
An employee of Jimmy's in Leicester prepares to hook this Hyundai Sonata to a chain to pull it back on its wheels following a morning accident on Route 63 between Geneseo and Piffard.
Slippery morning commute causes accidents
Snow and freezing rain made for messy morning commute that kept law enforcement and tow truck operators busy in Livingston County, including a rollover accident on Route 63 between Geneseo and Piffard.
A winter weather advisory is in effect until 3 p.m. for Livingston County. The advisory also includes Monroe, Ontario and Wayne counties.
A number of accidents were reported, including one on Route 63 between Geneseo and Piffard where a small car ended up on its roof in the ditch on the east side of 63.
The accident occurred about 7:45 this morning.
The Hyundai Sonata was north of 63 when the driver lost control due to slushy conditions. The car fishtailed and went sideways across a “farmer’s lane” that provides access to the fields along Route 63 before coming to a rest on the vehicle’s roof in the ditch along the highway, according to Deputy Ross Gerace.
The driver, a female, was able to get out of the car and was transported to Strong Hospital, Rochester, as a precaution, the deputy said.
By 11 a.m., temperatures had risen above freezing and most precipitation had pushed to the east of the region. A chance of rain does remain in the forecast through tonight.
Temperatures are expected to rise into the 40s by this afternoon.
But the morning began with a mix of precipitation. Snow in the overnight hours was followed by freezing rain that turned untreated surfaces slick and made for messy conditions on area roads, even as plows were out clearing and treating roads.
Tonight and Tuesday should be marked by a significant transition to much warmer temperatures, though an unsettled weather pattern could see snow return by midweek.
A rapidly deepening area of low pressure will move by just northwest of the region late Wednesday and drag a strong cold front across the area. This may result in strong and potentially damaging winds, according to the National Weather Service.
Following the passage of the front, much colder air will return to the region Wednesday night through Friday. This will likely lead to an extended period of potentially significant lake effect snows in the traditional snowbelts east and possibly southeast of the lakes.