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Freezing Precipitation Closes Schools, Ices Roads

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – Rain and freezing rain made for hazardous driving conditions in some areas Tuesday, particularly in Niagara County where most school districts closed.

Drivers are also contending with standing water on some roadways.

The precipitation was forecast to change to all snow Tuesday afternoon, accumulating four inches in the immediate Buffalo area by Wednesday morning. But a winter weather advisory is in effect for Southern Erie, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties where total accumulations could reach seven inches.

A power outage affected about 1,600 customers in the Wanakuh area along the Lake Erie waterfront Tuesday morning. But it was not weather related.

Niagara Mohawk spokesman Steve Brady said a transformer in a substation malfunctioned. He said crews installed a mobile substation. Power was restored shortly before noon.