Created: 12/21/2013 5:27 PM WHEC.com
Governor Cuomo has declared a winter ice storm emergency Saturday for the state's North Country and activated the State Emergency Operations Center to respond to a winter ice storm that has moved into the state and may bring significant icing caused by freezing rain, as well as moderate rainfall.
According to the release, the rain may combine with melting snow from unseasonably high temperatures, resulting in mild to moderate flooding.
The storm is also expected to create hazardous driving conditions in the areas affected. Drivers are advised to use extreme caution.
The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a winter storm watch for Genesee, Monroe, Niagara, Northern Erie, and Orleans Counties. This watch is in effect from Saturday night until Sunday evening.
Ice accumulations are expected and may cause downing of large trees and power lines, causing widespread power outages.
News10NBC will continue to track this storm and bring you any updates. We will have team coverage on the weather on News10NBC at 6.