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Power restored for thousands: Heavy lake effect snow along Rt. 104

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2 PM Update: Warming station opened outside Newark

Power outages across the Finger Lakes region had been greatly reduced as of 2 p.m. There were fewer than 1,000 outages reported across the entire area. Counties that had been hardest hit – like Wayne, Seneca, and Ontario had all mostly been restored with a few hundred exceptions each.

The Marbletown Fire Department opened up a warming shelter at noon for residents who were still without power. For more information on that click here. The outages in Wayne County were mostly in the Newark-area.

Read more from earlier updates below.


10 AM Update: NYSEG says crews working to restore power

NYSEG says its responding after strong winds impacted the region Wednesday evening into the overnight hours. More than 86,000 customers were impacted across all service areas during the peak of the storm.

Around 10 a.m., 15,000 customers were still without power. The Geneva division was impacted the most, with 5,400 customers in the dark. The Geneva division includes Wayne, Ontario and Seneca counties.


NYSEG had pre-staged hundreds of line and tree crew personnel across its service areas in preparation for the storm and are currently shifting more resources to support restoration efforts. 

The Geneva division was impacted overnight by strong winds. Initial reports from the field indicate that the storm caused 71 downed wires and several broken poles. NYSEG storm response teams are fully engaged with crews working to assess the damage, make safe downed wires, clear fallen tree debris from the roads and restore power, when it is safe and possible to do so.

NYSEG urges customers to remain away from storm debris as it may contain downed wires or other damaged equipment.  All downed wires should be assumed as energized and be reported by calling NYSEG’s emergency  line at 1.800.572.1131 or contacting 911. 

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Lake Effect Snow Batters Northern Finger Lakes

The second area of focus is heavy lake effect snow along the Route 104 corridor in Wayne and Cayuga counties. If you’re traveling through the northern part of Cayuga or most of Wayne expect treacherous conditions. Snow was falling at a hefty clip, and is expected to continue for most of the day.

DETAILS: Lake Effect Snow Warning issued for Cayuga & Wayne Co.

EXTENDED FORECAST: Latest 7-day outlook from the FL1 Weather Center