Heavy lake snow hits Central New York

The morning commute in the Syracuse area was slowed by a band of heavy lake effect snow that made its way into the region Friday morning.

Parts of Central New York have received up to 21 inches of snow and more is expected from storms accompanied by windy conditions.

The National Weather Service reports that Perrysburg in Cattaraugus County, south of Buffalo, has gotten 18 inches of snow from storms blowing off Lake Erie. Forecasters have issued a lake-effect snow warning continues for southwestern New York until 6:00 p.m. Friday, with an additional 4 to 6 inches expected.

Areas of Lewis County near Lake Ontario's eastern end have received 21 inches of snow, while Booneville, north of Utica, has 14 inches from the latest storm.

Winds gusting to more than 60 mph on Thursday knocked out power to more than 20,000 utility customers across upstate New York. All but about 100 have had power restored.

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It is not as windy as Thursday but there may be gusts up to 35 mph. Those winds are creating heavy lake snow that is pounding areas north of Syracuse with up to 2 inches an hour. The band moved south into the Syracuse around the time of the morning commute, dropping a very quick layer of snow.

Many accidents have been reported, including a multi-vehicle crash at 10:35 a.m. that closed I-81 North at Exit 14 in Tully. A second multi-vehicle accident at 10:45am also closed I-81 South at Exit 15 in LaFayette for up to 2 hours.

The Syracuse area is expected to get 2-4 inches by 5 p.m. Friday. Some areas north of Syracuse could see 4-8 inches.

Friday's high temperature is expected to be 23 degrees with a low of 13.

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