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FLX receives first taste of winter, NYSEG says snow likely caused outages

The calendar says October, but walking outside on Thursday morning made it feel like late-November or December.

The temperatures were hanging in the low- to mid-30s with a light layer of snow on the ground. It wasn’t enough to cause any major delays, or even any significant headaches on area roadways – but it was enough to cause some minor power outages.

During the morning hours NYSEG reported that as many as 3,000 customers in Ontario, Wayne, and Yates counties were without power for an extended period of time. While the majority of the more than 1,000 without power in Ontario County were focused in the Naples area – the Naples Central School District did operate on a two-hour delay, as crews worked to correct the outage.

Yates County also saw a significant number of customers without power, as more nearly 2,000 were without power at one point during the morning.

The specific cause of the outage is not clear, but NYSEG officials said that power should be completely restored by mid-morning. As of 10:00 am the number of customers without power were down to just a few hundred.

Find out the latest from NYSEG here.

The National Weather Service did issue a special weather statement regarding the potentially hazardous conditions as they were unfolding:

“Widespread snow over the region early this morning could produce some slick roads and sidewalks. The most likely areas for problems will be on bridges and overpasses where the roadways will more quickly acquire temperatures that will be close to freezing. The precipitation will change to just rain as we progress through the morning and into the midday. Motorists and pedestrians should use extra caution this morning for their commute.”

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