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Saturday, January 15, 2022

Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend -- Buffalo Bills Night:
News Briefs

Halftime score: Bills 27, Patriots 3. 
End of the Third Quarter: Bills 33, Pats: 10.
Quarter (in progress): Bills 47, Pats 17.
FINAL:  For Buffalo at Orchard Park: 47-17.

THE SOUTH BYRON VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY had hoped to celebrate the 100th year of the department a year ago, in January 2021. Then, it hoped to have the celebration tonight. Both times, COVID-19 led to postponement, said Fire Company Executive Board Secretary Theresa Hammer. She said the board is now looking at the spring as the time for the 100-year celebration. “Our members and body felt it was necessary, due to the rising COVID numbers, that it was best to postpone the banquet, for the safety of our members as well as the community members that are invited, as well first responders from our mutual aid fire departments.” Hammer said the board decided Jan. 3 to postpone the celebration.

A FIRE IN ELBA DESTROYED A DETACHED GARAGE and damaged the house where two adults live, Elba Fire Chief Mike Heale said. No injuries have been reported and Genesee County fire investigators are looking into the cause of a garage fire this morning at 7504 Norton Rd. There was a pet dog which got out safely as well, he said. Heale said the call came in around 5:45 a.m. as a garage fire early Saturday morning. “My assistant chief got on scene. The fire extended into the house, to an attic space,” Heale said. “The garage is a total loss right now. We’re still evaluating the house. Right now, we’re helping [the residents] get some stuff out.” The fire chief said the origin of the fire hasn’t been determined, but added that the fire is not considered suspicious.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE UPDATE (4:30 PM) -- The NWS has issued wind chill advisories for tonight across Western NY. Later Sunday, winter storm warnings take effect across all of WNY and the Finger Lakes region. Wind chill advisories will be in effect from 6 tonight to 7 a.m. Sunday for GLOW counties, and also for Monroe, Niagara, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, northern and southern Erie, Ontario, Allegany and Wayne counties. Very cold wind chills are expected again tonight, with wind chills as low as 15 degrees below zero. Wind chills for Livingston, Ontario and Allegany counties may be as low as 20 degree below zero. A winter storm warning will be in effect from 7 p.m. Sunday to 10 p.m. Monday for Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and southern Erie counties. The Weather Service says 12 to 20 inches of snow is expected, with winds gusting as high as 40 mph on Monday. A winter storm warning is in effect from 7 p.m. Sunday to 7 p.m. Monday for Livingston, Ontario and Allegany counties. Total snow accumulations of 7 to 13 inches are forecast, with winds gusting as high as 35 mph on Monday, the Weather Service said. A winter storm warning will be in effect from 9 p.m. Sunday to 7 p.m. Monday for Genesee, Orleans, Niagara and northern Erie counties, with 12 to 19 inches of total snow accumulation expected. Winds may gust as high as 40 mph on Monday. Widespread accumulating snow will create dangerous travel conditions--from very difficult to impssible.

WHILE MOST OF SUNDAY IS EXPECTED TO BE UNEVENTFUL weather across the region, a major winter storm tracking north from the Carolinas is expected to bring steady - occasionally heavy - snow across the region Sunday night and Monday, according to the NWS. Snowfall amounts of more than a foot are anticipated in the western counties, the Weather Service said. “Sunday will truly be the ‘calm before the storm,’ “ the forecast discussion said. The winter storm warnings begin first - and last the longest - for Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and southern Erie counties where the National Weather Service says total snow accumulations of 12 to 18 inches is possible. Travel could be very difficult to impossible. The hazardous conditions could affect the morning or evening commute. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The cold wind chills could result in hypothermia if precautions are not taken. Snowfall rates early Monday morning could reach up to 1 inch per hour at times with wind gusts up to 40mph.

NYSEG is preparing for Winter Storm Izzy, which is expected to arrive late Sunday evening. Our storm team has proactively mobilized more than 1,500 line and tree personnel, damage assessors and wire guards ahead of the storm to facilitate an effective and efficient response should outages occur. Our storm response team has been monitoring weather forecasts, planning, and readying crews and equipment. We encourage you to also monitor local forecasts and prepare for the possibility of service interruptions.

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