Orleans faces flood watch, winter weather advisory
A winter weather advisory and flood watch have both been issued for Orleans County.
The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued the winter weather advisory from 7 a.m. Wednesday to 1 a.m. Thursday for Niagara, Orleans, Monroe, northern Erie and Genesee counties.
Freezing rain is expected with total ice accumulations of one tenth to three tenths of an inch expected.
“Power outages and tree damage are likely due to the ice,” the Weather Service said. “Travel could be extremely difficult, especially the Wednesday evening commute.”
Periods of freezing rain will result in slick roads. Drivers are urged to slow down and use caution while driving.
A flood watch is in effect until 4 a.m. tonight for Orleans and several WNY counties. Ice jams remain a concern as river and creek ice may continue to break up.
“Deepening cold air will help to slow the melting process,” the Weather Service said. “The most susceptible areas for potential ice jams are the Buffalo Creeks, Cattaraugus Creek, and the upper Allegany River, although they can happen anywhere.”