Outdoor fire weather concerns pick up

The National Weather Service (NWS) has posted a Special Weather Statement in regard to outdoor conditions creating potential for brush fires in Allegany, Livingston and Monroe counties east. “Dry conditions again today will continue to dry out fine fuels, such as leaf litter and grass,” it reports. “This will combine with southerly wind gusts of … Read more

NYSDEC reminds of two-month outdoor burn ban in effect through May 14

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) is reminding residents that a statewide ban on outdoor burning, with a few exceptions, is in effect through Tuesday, May 14. The action is taken every spring due to higher winds, combined with dry materials, making outdoor combustion more likely. The department notes that open burning … Read more

Combating drug overdoses is focus this week in Allegany and some adjoining counties

Two events in three Allegany County communities are scheduled this week in an effort to help block drug overdose deaths. Houghton University has several seats remaining for a Wednesday afternoon Naloxone training to equip area residents in administering a free nasal spray which can be provided to counteract opioid drug overdoses, including those which occur … Read more

Pennsylvania experiencing long line of severe thunderstorms

BREAKING: Pennsylvania counties are experiencing a long line of severe thunderstorms across the northern part of the state at this hour, less than an hour-and-a-half after the National Weather Service (NWS) Storm Prediction Center (SPC) at Norman, Okla., issued a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH. The unusual concentration comes on the five-year anniversary of a strong overnight … Read more

Allegany County residents will experience divide for Monday’s total eclipse

Allegany County residents in the northwestern part of Allegany County will be able to experience a total solar eclipse for a brief period tomorrow afternoon, weather permitting, while those to the south will only receive a partial view. The eclipse, the first in Western New York since 1925, almost a century ago, will cross North … Read more

P&G recalls millions of detergent bags due to ‘risk of serious injury’

BREAKING: The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is reporting this morning that Procter and Gamble is recalling 8.2 million bags of Tide Pods, Gain Flings, Ace Pods and Ariel Pods liquid laundry detergent packets packaged in flexible film bags due to risk of serious injury if the containers split open. The hazard notice advises … Read more

Prescription Drug Take Back this month at Andover and Wellsville

The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office is hosting its biannual Prescription Drug Take Back Day in Andover and Wellsville this month to keep the unused medicines off the street and out of the hands of drug abusers, children and public water supplies. The spring event will be held from 10AM to 2PM, Saturday, April 27, at … Read more

Flood Watch issued for Allegany County, Western New York, and Northwestern Pennsylvania

UPDATE – 2:10PM Tuesday: The National Weather Service at Binghamton has expanded the FLOOD WATCH to its reporting area, from Steuben County east, for tomorrow morning through Thursday evening. It is forecasting precipitation amounts of two-to-three inches through Thursday night, “with much of this precipitation expected to fall as rain.” The map showing the Flood … Read more

Early April storm to bring rain and wet snow to region

UPDATE – 5:30AM Tuesday: Moderate to heavy rain at times will result in rises to area streams and creeks today and Wednesday, and may result in some flooding of low lying areas, streams, and rivers, according to the National Weather Service. Wind gusts in Central Allegany County will pick up this afternoon through Wednesday morning … Read more

Houghton University to host free Naloxone drug overdose reversal training

Required registration is underway for a free public naloxone training next month at Houghton which will include a Narcan kit to reverse drug overdoses involving opioids. Houghton University will host the 2PM to 4PM Wednesday, April 24, event at its Nielsen Physical Education Center on Campground Road, sponsored by the state Office of Addiction Services … Read more

This is Flood Safety Awareness Week and time for preparedness at home and during travels

National Weather Service offices in New York State are observing Flood Safety Awareness Week and encouraging residents and property owners to be prepared for such potential events which can happen at any time of the year. The week-long focus shares information about flood safety, including the difference between a Flood Watch and a Flood Warning, … Read more

Hazardous weather impacts shift for Allegany and adjoining counties

HAZARDOUS WEATHER UPDATE: Projected weather conditions have changed throughout the Allegany County region since this morning, with a WIND ADVISORY now in effect for Allegany, Livingston and Potter counties east, a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for Wyoming and McKean, and an upgrade to a WINTER STORM WARNING for Cattaraugus west for various timings Sunday and Monday. … Read more

Another round of changing temperatures and precipitation for Allegany and nearby counties

BREAKING: Allegany County is expected to experience another roller coaster ride of temperature and precipitation changes over the next few days which will result in rain today, snow late tonight into early Monday, and gusty winds before temperatures climb back up into the mid-50s and 60s starting Tuesday. A WINTER STORM WATCH is in effect … Read more

Southern Tier and Northern Pennsylvania upgraded to Wind Advisory for Wednesday

A WIND ADVISORY now has been issued for Allegany and neighboring counties to the west, east, and south into Pennsylvania for Wednesday, with a HIGH WIND WATCH remaining in effect for counties to the north. The National Weather Service (NWS) at Buffalo, reports the upgrade for Allegany and Cattaraugus counties from 11AM tomorrow to 1AM … Read more

Allegany County Sheriff schedules mandatory Safe Boating Certificate course for operators

The Allegany County Sheriff’s Department will host a free, eight-hour state Safe Boating Course Sunday for county residents or taxpayers, one of five mandatory training opportunities for operators being held through May. The eight-hour certificate requirement is for anyone born on or after January 1, 1978, or currently 46 years of age or younger, who … Read more

Over 150 receive preparedness training in advance of this week’s potential Nor’easter

Over 150 Allegany County area residents received New York Citizen Preparedness Corps Training, just in time for a potential Nor’easter Monday night into Tuesday. Nearly 90 free emergency backpack go-kits were distributed yesterday afternoon to Friendship area households by the New York National Guard and State Office of Emergency Management, with nearly 70 more provided … Read more

Dozens learn about emergency preparedness at Houghton, even more at Friendship on Saturday

Some 70 Houghton area residents received an overview on how to be prepared for many types of emergencies, including those involving themselves, their family, pets and businesses, last night during a state Citizen Preparedness Corps training at Houghton Academy. Lt. Orlano Gayle of the New York National Guard provided the presentation, which also included a … Read more

Time running out on free emergency go-kits and preparedness trainings

Required registrations are closing for limited seating to obtain free emergency backpack kits this week at National Guard Citizen Preparedness Corps trainings in Houghton and Friendship. A free go-kit is being made available to each pre-registered area household during duplicate sessions from 6:30PM to 8:30PM, Thursday, February 8, at Houghton Academy at 9790 Thayer Street, … Read more

Travel conditions likely to vary over next day, depending on location

BREAKING – 7AM TUESDAY: It appears that the type of precipitation will vary in Allegany and adjoining counties during the day Tuesday and into this time Wednesday morning, depending on time and location, as temperatures hover in a narrow range on both sides of freezing. A 24-hour WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY remains in effect through 6AM … Read more

Winter Weather Advisory issued for Tuesday into Wednesday as snow, sleet and freezing rain are expected to cause icy conditions

BREAKING: WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES have been posted for 6AM Tuesday through 6AM Wednesday for Allegany, along with varying times for a wide swath of other counties in the Southern Tier of New York and Northern Pennsylvania. A slight chance of light snow between the 11PM and 4AM time frame tonight, followed by a chance of … Read more