DANSVILLE — The mid-winter storm hit the area with a force stronger than that of any storm this season.
On March 1 the region got several inches dumped on them overnight. By March 2 there was heavy wet snow blanketing the area up to two feet. It caused widespread power outages, trees broken in half or thick branches busted. Many awoke to loss of power, and are still suffering several days later.
The National Weather Service told Genesee Country Express we should be out of the worst of it by now. The region could expect a few more inches over the week, but nothing like what we suffered over the weekend.
Winter Storm Riley hit us really hard causing millions to go without power in the state. The National Guard has been activated to help with the aftermath of the storm in New York, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts.
Winter Storm Quinn is heading our way and will impact the northeast region by midweek. The National Weather Service Meteorologist Dan Kelly said this storm is going to impact the east coast more than our region. It has potential of causing strong winds, heavy snow, and difficult traveling conditions in parts of the state. It is not expected to be as severe as Winter Storm Riley.
“The worst of it should be behind us,” Kelly said. “We got hit across Western New York. The track of the storm in Buffalo caused Lake Effect Snow. The snow on that hit us on Friday was what we call a large scale snowstorm. It was tracked across Pennsylvania, and caused heavy wet snow due to our cold air flow.”
Kelly said that we should only get a couple of inches of snow over the week with a rain and snow mix.
“The brunt of this new storm will bring a much bigger system to the east,” he said. “There will be nothing substantial in our area.”
Over the weekend we saw an influx of the kindness of neighbors. The youngsters were out shoveling for the neighbors and the elderly. There were several shelters opened for those without power. The Springwater Fire Department continues to act as a shelter for those who are still without power.