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NWS: Winter Weather Advisory for entire region on Friday

It won’t be a widespread event, but there is the chance for some light mixed, or freezing precipitation on Friday. The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for freezing rain, which is active on Friday from 6 am until noon. The mixture of snow, sleet, and freezing rain could accumulate up to two inches in... more

Ontario, Tompkins only counties to see growth as state population declines

Upstate New York lost another 23,434 people from 2015 to 2016, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau estimates. Downstate saw an increase of 21,540 people, which has resulted in an increase of 426,835 since 2010 for that region. For Upstate New York, the decline has been real since 2010. According to the latest figures from the Census Bureau the... more

Reed, Collins to vote ‘yes’ on health care repeal

Despite the loss of health coverage projected for tens of thousands of people in their districts — especially children, seniors and those with disabilities — Republican Congressmen Tom Reed and Chris Collins said they will vote for the American Health Care Act. Congress is expected to vote Thursday on the GOP bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, otherwise... more

Discussing healthcare, Guardian PILOT, and local elections in the FLX (podcast)

On Wednesday’s edition of the Debrief Podcast, Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso discussed a range of topics, which included the recent firing of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, as well as developments in the GOP healthcare proposal. The duo also discussed the future of companies like Guardian Glass, who recently won a significant upgrade to their PILOT agreement with the City... more

Organization works to combat substance abuse in FLX (podcast)

It’s a growing issues that will require attention from all stakeholders and community members. On Tuesday’s edition of the Inside the FLX podcast Petrea Rae, Coalition Coordinator for the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Ontario County, as well as Tanya Lombardo, an intern for the organization from Keuka College joined Josh Durso to talk about their efforts combating substance abuse... more

Winter returns for Wednesday as cold, lake effect impact FLX

As temperatures moved through the 40s on Tuesday, those in the Finger Lakes were reminded that the cold weather would be making a return — at least once more — on Wednesday. Lake effect snow will develop overnight behind an arctic cold front, according to FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil. That front won’t move through the area until after 9... more

Will taxpayers foot bill for damaged “I Love NY” signs?

Go ahead and blink. Chances are you won't miss the "I Love NY" signs when you are driving down the thruway. However, an ongoing dispute between the feds and the state about those iconic signs is heating up again. This comes after eight of them were knocked down and damaged in the windstorm. Assemblyman, Steve Hawley (R-Batavia) is now calling... more

State agencies plan meeting on problem gambling

The opening of del Lago Resort & Casino in Tyre has generated jobs and excitement throughout the region. It’s also brought the issue of problem gambling to the forefront. Problem gambling will be the topic of a public meeting scheduled for 5 p.m. March 28 in the Training Auditorium at 2465 North Road in Seneca Falls. The event is free... more

Spring has sprung: Unsettled weather week throughout the FLX

The calendar says “spring,” but it’s going to feel a little on the chilly side at moments this week. FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil says it’s going to be a roller coaster with temperatures rising, falling, and then rising again at the end of the week. He says Monday will be a cloudy day for the most part, despite the... more

Thousands of social security numbers compromised this tax season

Officials say that as many as 7,100 social security numbers have been compromised in tax season scams. In particular, a scam involving an email, which fraudsters pose as a company executive seeking a social security number has been particularly damaging. Tax officials say that as many as 65 companies with employees in New York have been attacked through this method... more

Helming: NY Senate’s $8 billion drinking water plan good for Finger Lakes region

The New York State Senate’s support for $8 billion in water quality investments would benefit the Finger Lakes region, state Sen. Pam Helming said last week. The key components of the Senate’s plan includes a $5 billion bond act to fund water infrastructure projects and support for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to provide $2 billion over five years for water... more

Light snow on Saturday; but won’t interfere with travel

Light snow will move into the Finger Lakes on Saturday, but not until another sunny day on Friday. Skies are clear across the Finger Lakes this morning as high pressure crosses the region. The next weather system is tracking from the Midwest into the Great Lakes. This system will start to spread some high, thin clouds into the Finger Lakes... more

Cuomo avoids spat with NWS, says storm forecast was ‘not correct’

When a winter storm dumped 7 feet of snow in western New York more than two years ago, Gov. Andrew Cuomo criticized the National Weather Service and said the state needed more weather stations to better predict major storms. The comments about the nation’s lead weather agency drew criticism from meteorologists and Al Roker of NBC’s “Today Show.” Since then,... more

SUNSHINE RETURNS: Sun in the forecast as residents dig out from winter storm (photos)

The Finger Lakes is finally seeing some sun after more than two days of snow due to Winter Storm Stella. Road conditions have greatly improved over the last several hours, as crews have taken advantage of the sunshine to push the heavy, collected snows back. Most schools were in session on Thursday, with only a few delays scattered throughout the... more

NYSEG: Clear vents and chimneys for natural gas as snow piles up

NYSEG utility company urges customers to keep themselves safe as blowing snow and frigid temperatures make for dangerous conditions. The deep snow in many places raises concerns to keep vents and chimneys for natural gas appliances clear of snow. Deep drifts and snow piles against a building could block vents and cause a build of potentially deadly carbon monoxide in... more

WHAT’S NEXT: Finger Lakes digs out from major winter storm (full-coverage)

The region is still dealing with the consequences of Winter Storm Stella, as snow and wind continue to batter the Finger Lakes — but new information is available on what will likely go down as the most-powerful storm of the 2016-17 winter season. Forecast The Winter Storm Warning for Seneca, Cayuga, Tompkins, and Yates counties has been cancelled, but a... more

Closings in the Finger Lakes for Thursday

As the region digs out from the biggest winter storm of the season, some schools and organizations have decided to cancel or delay activities on Thursday, as many counties will remain in Travel Advisories until the early-morning hours. Below are the latest closings, which have been collected by FingerLakes1.com Editors. Links to third-party websites with other closures is provided below.... more

Closings in the Finger Lakes for Wednesday

Numerous schools throughout the region have already cancelled school on Wednesday, as the region continues to be battered by Winter Storm Stella. Nearly every county in the region is under some sort of travel restriction.  Links to third-party sites are available below list. Please send closures to josh@fingerlakes1.com if your school, business, or organization is not listed below. This list will... more
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