Ice, freezing rain cause issues in WNY

Posted at 11:28 PM, Dec 28, 2015

A freezing rain/snow mixture hit Western New York late Monday night, causing issues on area roadways.

The wintry weather also caused power problems. Early Tuesday morning, nearly 3,000 National Grid customers were without power in Western New York. Outages spanned Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Wyoming counties. Most power was expected to be restored by 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Some airlines have also canceled flights. Tuesday morning, Southwest Airlines canceled a flight to Buffalo from Baltimore and a flight from Buffalo to Baltimore. United Airlines canceled a flight from Buffalo to Chicago.

People all over the area dealt with dangerous driving conditions on the roads, Monday night, as a sloppy slippery mixture piled up on the streets.

"Driving out here has been very slippery," said Roy who came to the grocery store to get some food and water. "Every two minutes the ice is piling up on the windshield."

Thick sheets of ice could be seen coating cars. Ben Golembiewski ventured out to get a sub Monday night, and found himself having to clear his entire car of ice.

"It's slippery," he said. "There's ice everywhere. I was hoping the nice weather would stay longer."

Erie County Department of Public Works Crews have been out all day, pre-treating the roads ahead of this weather event. Since we haven't hardly had winter, the county says its salt supply is fully stocked.

"Our salt inventory in all our barns are full," said Bill Geary, the Commissioner of Highways for Erie County. "We have only used about 1,000 ton of salt. We usually have 15,000 ton on hand."

In Boston, along Rt. 219, cars took it slow. It was the same scene along Rt. 400 Monday night. Erie County Sheriff's deputies say they responded to at least eight cars off the road or in an accident due to the winter weather conditions.




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