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Storm leaves a glaze of ice, but no reports of major damage

Apr 15, 2018

The Ice Storm Warning issued by the National Weather Service Monroe and other nearby counties was canceled at about 1:20pm Sunday.  

At least a quarter-inch of precipitation, in some areas a mixture of sleet and freezing rain, has fallen since Saturday. That caused slippery road conditions and left coatings of ice on cars and sidewalks.

But as of early Sunday morning, there were no reports of major damage, and relatively few power outages.  (There was an outage at the College at Brockport campus, but that was resolved by about 9am)

Ice on the trees in Penfield on Sunday morning
Credit Beth Adams / WXXI News

By Sunday mid-afternoon, RG&E had no outages reported, after dealing with about 2,000 or so earlier in the day.

By mid-afternoon on Sunday, National Grid had less than 200 customers without power in Orleans County.

The forecast calls for the precipitation to change to rain Sunday afternoon,  with a  high of 42. The temperature will rise to about 48 later on Sunday night.

Rain, heavy at times, is in the forecast from Sunday night through Monday.

There is a flood watch in effect from 1:00 a.m. Monday through Tuesday afternoon for Monroe and several other counties. Small streams and creeks, low-lying and poor drainage areas may see flooding Sunday night through Monday.

The lakeshore flood warning for Monroe and Orleans counties has now expired.

A number of flights were canceled at the Greater Rochester International Airport for Sunday morning.

The Rochester River Run/Walk was canceled Sunday due to the weather.

Ice collects on the trees in Penfield
Credit Elissa Orlando / WXXI News

There were several accidents reported around the area over the weekend related to slippery roads including some near the old 'can of worms' at the 490/590 split  on Sunday. 

WXXI's Alex Crichton took a little video in Irondequoit with the wind whipping up the waves on Lake Ontario; he says on a normal day, you'd be able to see the Charlotte Pier from this vantage point, but not on Saturday afternoon: