A late winter storm pummels much of WNY and the Finger Lakes

Mar 2, 2018

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A winter storm pummeled the Rochester area and much of Western NY and the Finger Lakes from Thursday night into Friday.

Nearly 13 inches of snow fell at the Greater Rochester International Airport by late in the afternoon.

The Winter Storm Warning was canceled for Monroe, Livingston, Orleans, Genesee and Wyoming Counties at about 12:30pm. But the Winter Storm Warning continued for counties including Wayne, Ontario and Seneca until 10pm on Friday.

News 8 meteorologist Josh Nichols says we received 10 – 15 inches of snow altogether for much of the Rochester Metro area, with lower amounts toward Lake Ontario and higher amounts south of Rochester.

Officials in Monroe and nearby counties including Livingston advised no unnecessary travel.

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Many flights were canceled Friday at the Greater Rochester International Airport. You can check the status board here.

Early Friday morning, more than 4,000 RG&E customers in Livingston County were without power, with another 4,000 outages in Allegany County, and several hundred in Monroe, Ontario and Wayne Counties.

Those strong winds helping to bring down tree branches and power lines. But crews made headway during the morning, and the outages in Livingston County were down to less than 400 by Noon.

The number of Monroe County outages rose to about 3,700 late Friday afternoon, but then fell back to a couple of hundred later in the day.

The City of  Rochester postponed residential refuse and recycling collection on Friday in order to use personnel and equipment for snow removal. The trash and recycling pickup was posponted until Saturday morning.

City residents are also urged to follow alternate side of the street parking rules to help the plows complete their snow clearing efforts.