Winter storm brings snow, slushy mix to area
UPDATE, 12:30 a.m., Feb. 27
Scattered rain and wet snow showers will continue overnight in Livingston and Ontario counties, according to the National Weather Service.
Although temperatures will hover just above the freezing mark, some slick spots may develop on area roads, the Weather Service said.
UPDATE, 11:30 p.m.
Moderate to heavy rain and sleet are affecting the area tonight, reports the National Weather Service.
An area of moderate to heavy rain and sleet will lift north across the area this evening. The sleet will mix with wet snow at times where temperatures are closer to freezing, the Weather Service said.
The combination of sleet and wet snow will result in very slick conditions on untreated roads.
Route 63 (Big Tree Road) was closed beginning about 9:20 p.m. Tuesday after an accident involving a tractor trailer and a car near Peoria Curve, in the town of Covington, Wyoming County, near the Livingston County border.
One person was transported to United Memorial Medical Center, Batavia, with minor injuries, according to dispatchers.
The tractor trailer was blocking the road, according to a state trooper assisting with traffic control at Routes 63 and 36 in York, Livingston County, where traffic was being detoured from Route 63 more than an hour after the accident was first reported.
Roads were snow-covered and slushy at the time. Many people were returning from the Notre Dame-Elba girls basketball game that evening in Dansville.
As you travel across the area overnight be prepared for quick changes in driving conditions and slippery, snow-filled roads.
A winter weather advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday. The advisory includes Livingston and Wyoming counties where an additional 2 to 4 inches is forecast.
An approaching storm system has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a winter storm watch from this evening through Wednesday morning for Livingston and Ontario counties.
The precipitation is expected to start as rain, then mix with and possibly change to heavy, wet snow early this evening that could accumulate 6 inches or more through late Wednesday morning. The greatest amounts of snow expected across the higher terrain of the Bristol Hills, with less accumulation in the valleys.
The snow is expected to be accompanied by east winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph.
The wet snow may result in very slippery travel conditions and poor visibility at times. The wet snow may also weigh down trees and power lines and result in some minor damage, the Weather Service said.
Forecasters said there remains a great deal of uncertainty with regards to snowfall amounts. If more rain mixes in, snowfall amounts will be much lower, the Weather Service said.
A winter storm watch means that heavy snow or ice accumulations are possible. If you are within the watch area, remain alert to rapidly changing weather conditions.
Elsewhere in Western New York, surface temperatures may remain just above freezing, which combined with a mix of snow and rain is expected to limit accumulations across the northern part of the region in places such as Genesee, Orleans, Monroe, Niagara, Wayne, northern and southern Erie and Chautauqua counties.
Precipitation may continue Wednesday into Thursday, when the air will become cold enough for a chance to change to all snow with minor accumulations, the Weather Service said.
Here’s a forecast for Livingston County from the National Weather Service:
- Today Increasing clouds, with a high near 42. Southeast wind 8 to 16 mph.
- Tonight Rain, mainly after 7pm. Low around 35. Southeast wind 14 to 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
- Wednesday Snow, mainly before 4pm. High near 36. East wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.
- Wednesday Night Snow. Low around 32. South wind 7 to 9 mph becoming west after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
- Thursday Snow. High near 35. Northwest wind 9 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
- Thursday Night Snow. Low around 28. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
- Friday A chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 34. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
- Friday Night A chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 24. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
- Saturday A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 29. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
- Saturday Night A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
- Sunday A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 27. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
- Sunday Night A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
- Monday A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 28. Chance of precipitation is 30%.