Update: Sheriff issues travel advisory until 5 a.m. Thursday; Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 8 a.m. Thursday

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike says a Travel Advisory remains in effect till 5 a.m. Thursday, March 16 in Yates County.

This advisory comes after the National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for blowing and drifting snow, which is in effect until 8 a.m. EDT Thursday. The Winter Storm Warning has been replaced by a Winter Weather Advisory.

Spike says local roads, although plowed, continue to be snow or ice covered in places and there is limited visibility in areas with blowing snow.

Spike says due to these potentially hazardous conditions, the "no unnecessary travel ban" is lifted, but a travel advisory continues for the awareness and safety of all who have to travel.

"We have had several property damage accidents and vehicles that have gone into ditches or tractor-trailer stuck on hills. We have had no injuries reported," says Spike, adding, "Our Highway Departments and tow truck operators have certainly been busy and we thank them for all their work. Our 911 dispatchers and deputies have all done great work taking calls and handling different incidents while other "regular" calls for police services have continued regardless of "Stella" needing a response by law enforcement."

Spike explains the travel advisory does not restrict travel. It is, however, a warning to motorists that hazardous driving conditions may exist and recommend reduced speeds for

road conditions.

The latest winter weather advisory covers portions of central New York and northeast Pennsylvania, including Yates County.

Hazards include significant blowing and drifting snow, along with periods of light snow through today. Snow accumulation of 2 to 5 inches is expected.

Winds will gust into the 25 to 40 mph range through tonight. Resultant drifting snow will make road clearing efforts difficult, especially in more open areas.

The heavy snow will make travel very dangerous. Roads will become snow covered and slippery. Strong winds will lead to considerable blowing snow and drifting snow. Expect white out conditions in open areas. Bitter wind chills may produce frostbite with prolonged exposure to the cold.

Winds will fe Northwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph and temperatures will be in the teens and low 20s..

A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, along with significant blowing and drifting, will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.