Ice storm warning update: ‘Travel will be difficult at times’

“Travel will be difficult at times,” the National Weather Service in Buffalo warned today in updating its ice storm warning for Western New York.

The ice storm warning – meaning total accumulation of a half inch of ice – includes Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Monroe and Livingston counties.  “Significant icing and gusty winds are expected,” the weather service statement said. “Power outages and tree damage are likely due to the strong winds and ice.”

The warning will be in effect from 2 p.m. Saturday to 2 p.m. Sunday.

“Travel will be difficult at times, especially tonight and early Sunday morning when pavement temperatures are coldest,” the updated weather service warning read.

After a conference call involving the National Weather Service and the Erie County Public Works Department, County Executive Mark Poloncarz said “roads probably won’t ice over until evening” but trees and power lines are expected to ice up during the day.  He also said the weather service has warned “winds will be strongest in our region, with 40 mph gusts,” making tree damage likely.

Poloncarz urged residents to download the county’s ReadyErie emergency app in order to receive updates on weather warnings, any road closures and more.

A winter weather advisory will be in effect from 5 p.m. Saturday to 8

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