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Travel advisory issued for Orleans until Sunday afternoon

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 April 2018 at 5:07 pm

The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office is issuing a travel advisory for all of Orleans County through Sunday afternoon, Sheriff Randy Bower said this afternoon.

“Winds and the potential for freezing rain could make roadways dangerous,” Bower said. “Drivers are urged to use caution if you must travel.”

The National Weather Service is reporting the potential for .5 inches to .75 inches of freezing rain during this period. This amount of freezing rain has a high potential to damage power lines and bring down tree branches, impairing travel. Winds are expected to increase to 20-30 mph with gusts exceeding 40 mph.

Orleans County has multiple weather warnings. The county faces an ice storm, and flooding at the lakeshore and in streams and creeks.

The ice storm warning is in effect from 2 p.m. today until 2 p.m. Sunday.

A flood watch has also been issued for Orleans County from late Sunday night through Tuesday afternoon. Moderate to heavy rain of 2 to 2.5 inches will result in considerable runoff into area creeks and rivers.

The Weather Service has also issued a lakeshore flood warning until 2 p.m. Sunday for Orleans, Niagara and Monroe counties.

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