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Watch your step, WNY: Messy morning includes rain, ice, power outages

Watch your step, Western New York.

Rising temperatures and rain Wednesday morning made for slick conditions on the roads, sidewalks and parking lots, while icy conditions caused some schools to close in the Southern Tier, and power outages complicated commutes in North Buffalo and Amherst.

The National Weather Service advised Wednesday morning that the "biggest concern is rain freezing on contact with very cold ground and surfaces." Erie County's Department of Public Works and Sheriff's Office both advised Western New York drivers to slow down on the roadways this morning.

In the Southern Tier, Jamestown City Schools were canceled Wednesday due to icy conditions, while Cassadaga Valley had a one-hour delay and Fredonia had a two-hour delay.

There were several accidents in the morning, including a rollover on the 400 that caused backups.

In North Buffalo, morning commuters experienced traffic lights being out at two major intersections: Parkside and Amherst and Colvin and Amherst due to a power outage.

National Grid reported power outages for more than 2,700 customers, with about 1,400 of them in Amherst and more than 1,200 in North Buffalo at about 7:15 a.m. The North Buffalo number was down to just over 300 by 7:45.

Just after 8 a.m., City of Buffalo Department of Public Works officials said that power had been restored to most of the traffic signals in the Delaware-Parkside area.

The power outage caused the traffic light at Hopkins and North French to be out; authorities advised motorists to treat it as a four-way stop.

National Grid stated on its website that power was estimated to be restored from 9:30 to 9:45 a.m., but it had services restored to all but just under 300 customers by 8:30.

A messy Wednesday morning commute; winter weather advisory until 2 p.m.

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