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Weather update from Meteorologist Kevin Williams

Snow will fall steadily and at times heavily today into tonight accumulating 12 to 16 inches in most areas with 20 inches in a few spots by late this evening.

Increasing winds will produce extensive blowing and drifting snow resulting in blizzard conditions at times this afternoon and tonight, especially in areas closer to Lake Ontario. Temperatures will fall into the teens later today with wind chills dropping below zero.

Travel conditions will be deteriorating through the day.

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Monroe County issues state of emergency

Monroe County has issued a state of emergency effective at 12 p.m.

All County facilities will be closed at 11 a.m., the County’s Emergency Operations Center will be partially activated at 12 p.m. and a travel restriction will be put in place effective 1 p.m. All residents are advised to take the proper steps needed to prepare for winter weather-related challenges.

Blizzard warning issued for upstate NY areas

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for an area stretching from New York's southwest corner to eastern Lake Ontario.
    
The warning is in effect until early Thursday morning. Forecasters say 10 to 24 inches of snow is expected in some areas from the eastern end of Lake Erie to the Lake Ontario shoreline in central New York. Forecasters say wind gusts as high as 50 mph are expected later Wednesday.
    
The weather service has issued winter storm warnings or advisories for much of the rest of upstate New York, where some sections could get for than a foot of snow while areas in the Hudson Valley will likely get sleet and rain.
    
The late-winter blast comes a day after some upstate areas topped 50 degrees.

Henderson Ford awarded Fleet Contract with New York State

Henderson Ford is one of eight vendors awarded the New York State Office of General Services contracts for Light Duty Vehicles, including Law Enforcement, for model years 2014 and 2015. These Contracts were issued on January 9, 2014 and February 7, 2014 respectively. All New York State Agencies and Political Subdivisions are eligible to purchase through these Contracts, applying to passenger cars, pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles, passenger and cargo vans, and law enforcement vehicles.

“We were thrilled to receive word that our bid was accepted by New York State,”’ said Beth Hasebe, Fleet Director at Henderson Ford. “Henderson Ford’s strong commitment to be fully engaged in the government fleet sales sector is reflective of the dealership’s dedication to providing a product line of high performance and efficient vehicles at a price that is economical.”

A look at March storm history

March has had its share of big snow storms. Of the top 10 worst storms in history, four happened in March.

The 1984 leap day storm lasted more than five days bringing more than 30 inches of snow. On March 3, 1991, we experienced the “Ice Storm”. It was the costliest natural disaster in New York State history to date.

Several years later, March 1999 packed quite the punch. There were two blizzards in the beginning of March dropping 42-inches of snow.

Today is the anniversary of the "Storm of the Century" in 1993. There was 23 inches of snow, thunder and lighting.

Now it is March 2014 and a blizzard warning is in effect.

Blizzard warning for Rochester area

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for Genesee, Orleans, Ontario, Livingston, Monroe, Wayne counties from 5:00 a.m. Wednesday until 5:00 a.m. Thursday. 

According to the National Weather Service, a blizzard warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous.

News10NBC will have the very latest on the storm on News10NBC at 11 and www.whec.com. We'll also have coverage starting at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday on News10NBC Today. 

Storm preparedness tips from the American Red Cross

With a blizzard on the move and headed towards Rochester, we want to make sure you keep your family safe in the bitter winds and blowing snow.

This morning on a special edition of News10NBC Today, Veronica Chiesi Brown from the American Red Cross to explain what you need to do to keep your family safe during this harsh winter conditions.

Resources:
Pet safety tips, what to put in an emergency kit, how to prepare for the storm and what to do in the event of a power outage.