Weather Service warns of whiteout conditions this afternoon

Staff Reports Posted 12 January 2016 at 12:00 am

Cheryl Wertman took this photo on South Main Street in Medina at about 1 p.m. today when wind and snow made it difficult for motorists to see.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo says a snow squall will impact Orleans and Genesee counties this afternoon before moving towards Wyoming County.

The squall will cause whiteout conditions, lasting about an hour with lake-effect snow to follow, the Weather Service said.

The snow was already falling at about 11 a.m. on Countyhouse Road near the Albion-Ridgeway town border.

The Weather Service urged extra caution on the roads this afternoon and evening.

“Rapid changes in visibility and potentially slick roads are likely to lead to accidents,” the Weather Service said.

It was already getting hard to see very far because of wind and snow around 11 a.m. This photo shows the big grain facility in Knowlesville on Route 31.