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Travel advisory issued for Niagara County through late Sunday afternoon

With an ice storm threatening a half inch or more of freezing rain, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office and the Niagara County Office of Emergency Management Saturday  issued a travel advisory for all of Niagara County, effective immediately until late Sunday afternoon.

In a statement, the sheriff's office said the forecast of winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts exceeding 40 mph will pose a particular threat to bring down trees because they  "will come from the northeast as opposed to the normal southwest."

The risk of ice on roadways will be a problem after sunset Saturday.  The sheriff's office also warned of a risk of flooding as the total precipitation could exceed 3 inches. Areas along the Lake Ontario shore could see waves of up to 12 to 15 feet, causing shore damage.

Niagara County officials are asking residents to use caution if they must travel over the next two days and cautioned people to prepare for power outages.


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