Updated: 12/21/2013 1:39 PM
Created: 12/21/2013 10:11 AM WHEC.com
By: News10NBC/Messenger Post
The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued an ice storm warning for much of Western New York on Saturday.
The warning is in effect starting at 4 p.m. and will effect Monroe, Orleans, Erie, and Niagara counties. The warning will remain in effect until noon on Sunday. Officials say, "The accumulation of ice will cause extremely hazardous, if not impossible, driving conditions."
They warn to use extreme caution if you are traveling. The storm could also result in power outages for the areas affected.
Meteorologist Kevin Williams says, “Periods of light rain this afternoon will be freezing on some surfaces in areas near Lake Ontario causing potentially slick roads. Heavier rain and slightly colder air later today and tonight will increase the risk of significant icing, especially for areas near and north of Thruway.”
He is tracking this storm with meteorologist Josh Kozlowski and we will bring you an update at News10NBC at 6.
The National Weather Service has also issued a freezing rain advisory for Ontario, Wayne, Livingston and Wyoming counties from 6 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday.
A flood watch is also in effect from Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening for portions of central and western New York, including Ontario, Wayne, Monroe and Livingston counties. Heavy rain and melting snow could result in excessive runoff and significant rises on area rivers and creeks, according to the weather service. There is also a risk of flooding of small streams and urban and poor drainage areas.