Friday, February 4, 2022

Friday Evening 2/4/2022:
News Briefs

PERRY CENTRAL SCHOOL was closed today because of the weather. This was a late notice just received. Perry Central School services children living in several different Silver Lake communities including Village of Perry just north of Camp Road on the east side, and Silver Lake Institute just south of Camp Road. The border of the two is actually down the center of Camp Road.... and yes, the village paves its half of Camp and the Town of Castile paves its half of Camp. We are grateful for their coordinating efforts!

NEW DISTRICT MAPS NOW LAW -- Gov. Kathy Hochul signed legislation adopted by lawmakers earlier Thursday to create new congressional, Senate and Assembly district lines for the next decade’s elections from the Legislature’s recently drawn plans. “These district maps are in compliance with the Voting Rights Act of 1965, they incorporate all traditional redistricting principals and are drawn as close as possible to the ideal district size, or within 5% deviation,” said bill sponsor Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski, D-Rockland. Republicans, however, claimed the process was unconstitutional and said they will legally challenge the plans in state Supreme Court. They also accused Democrats of not following the state Constitution in their map reconfiguration and not holding public hearings on LATFOR’s proposal. Visit latfor.state.ny.us/maps/   KATE LISA, Johnson Newspaper Corp.


SNOWFALL LEADS TO AFTERNOON ACCIDENTS AND CANCELLATIONS in GLOW region -- The winds weren’t howling but it may have been deceptive. Although the weather remained calm during Thursday’s snowstorm, it still contributed to hazardous highways and chilly temperatures throughout Genesee, Orleans, Wyoming and Livingston counties. As predicted, the snowfalls seemed to become more intense in time for the evening commute. Rather than an intense and focused winter blast, Thursday’s storm was marked by increasing accumulations throughout the day. Schools remained in session with relatively few problems during the morning.... That began to change in the afternoon and the weather got progressively worse.

A portion of Route 63 was closed about 1 p.m. north of Chandler Road in York, after a car and tractor-trailer collided. No injuries were reported, the accident was typical.

A separate accident about 4 p.m. closed part of Route 19 in Le Roy. Traffic was diverted down Parmalee Road as emergency crews responded.

Some northbound vehicles had trouble as Parmalee meets Route 19 on a hill and the slippery, snow-covered roads had some vehicles struggling to gain traction.

Numerous school districts in the GLOW region canceled after-school activities. An open house at Notre Dame High School in Batavia was likewise canceled.

A winter storm warning remained in effect until 1 p.m. in Western New York, including the GLOW region. The predicted snow totals had also increased.

Total accumulations of 8 to 16 inches were expected in the GLOW region as of Thursday evening, according to the National Weather Service in Buffalo. Areas of blowing snow were expected to reduce visibility significantly, and the hazardous conditions were expected to affect Friday morning commutes.

The greater total snowfalls were expected to be focused south of a Buffalo-Rochester-Watertown line, NWS officials said. But some lake enhancement off Lake Ontario could bring localized higher amounts along the south shore of Lake Ontario, including the Rochester metro area.

High temperatures in the mid-to-upper teens were expected today and Saturday, with low temperatures in the single digits. Sunday is expected to be sunny with high temperatures of about 32 degrees and low temperatures in the upper teens.

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