Icy weather hits Western New York

Created: 12/22/2013 7:36 PM WHEC.com
By: Josh Nichols

The first full day of winter brought some crazy weather to our area overnight and into the morning Sunday, with ice in some spots and flooding in others.

News10NBC was in Orleans County Sunday morning to see all the icy conditions.

Ice is something Western New York expects when winter hits. While most of Rochester woke up Sunday morning to wet roads and glaze covered trees, areas north and west of Rochester woke up to sights and sounds.

“It came on pretty quick. We kind of knew it was coming, but it's kind of hard to prepare for something like this. It's more of a pain in the but getting your vehicle scraped off,” said Nick Liuzzi.

Drooping limbs, ice covered power lines and the two combined meant no electricity for many Sunday morning. In fact, nearly 9,000 customers were without power at one point Sunday morning.

There are two aspects to this storm. One is the freezing rain that glazed the elevated surfaces, but there's another aspect as well.

If that wasn't enough, the combination of heavy rain and snowmelt meant many low lying roads  were flooded, and many open areas as well.

The ice alone was enough for one Albion resident.

“The transformer exploded and the sky's lighting up, the branches cracking and trees falling,” said Garry Moore, Albion resident.

Moore got quite a rude awakening from mother nature Sunday morning.

“About 2:30 this morning, we awoke to the house shaking and discovered the tree next door fell on our house and cars,” said Moore.

To be sure, this is not one of the worst icing events that we've seen in Western New York, historical speaking. But it does not mean we aren't going to be cleaning up.

To see the weather story, press play on the video player above.


Few Clouds
51° | 39°
  • Feels like: 45° F
  • Wind: NNE 9mph
  • Humidity: 44%
  • Sun Mostly sunny
    65° | 32°
  • Mon Considerable cloudiness
    69° | 41°
  • Tue Showers
    60° | 48°
  • Wed Few showers
    47° | 37°