The National Weather Service has issued an “Ice Storm Warning” for Ontario, Wayne, Northern Cayuga and Monroe Counties.
A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for the remainder of the Finger Lakes through 2 Sunday afternoon. Meteorologist Ken McKinley says freezing rain could cause big problems:
McKinley also has a word of advice for travelers:
NYSEG and RG&E are monitoring weather forecasts in advance of a weather advisory of a wintry mix of sleet and potential icing. Impacts are expected to begin Saturday afternoon in the western portion of the state across NYSEG and RG&E service areas, particularly in the Companies’ Lancaster, Lockport, Rochester, Canandaigua, Sodus and Geneva Divisions. In addition, Plattsburgh and Mechanicville service areas may experience snow accumulations of 3-5” and some icing. Customers are urged to be attentive to weather reports and prepare for the possibility of service interruptions.
Crews have been brought into the region to help if the power goes out. About 20 trucks and their crews were spotted in the Geneva Centre park lot Saturday afternoon ahead of the bad weather. Photos by Greg Cotterill, Finger Lakes News Radio.
The Companies are carefully tracking the weather and getting storm readiness teams in place. This entails holding planning meetings, readying crews and equipment, mobilizing employees for storm duty and preparing to make arrangements for additional resources if needed. NYSEG and RG&E are coordinating preparations with state and local authorities and will communicate as more definitive weather patterns emerge.
NYSEG and RG&E encourage customers to sign up for Outage Alerts to receive updates automatically by phone, text, or email as the company updates the status of any restoration progress specific to their electricity service. Outage restoration information is also available online at http://www.nyseg.com/Outages/outageinformation.html or http://www.rge.com/Outages/outageinformation.html.