Another morning, and another commute with snowy, sloppy roads.
With additional lake effect snow overnight and continuing Tuesday, more than fifty school districts and other organizations called in to delay the start of classes. Only a couple actually closed. If you rely on Centro to get around, be advised the bus system is operating on snow routes only in Syracuse at this hour.
To the west, the National Weather Service says the rural Cattaraugus County town of Randolph has gotten 40 inches of snow since Sunday, with unofficial reports of four feet in some areas. State police say the town has issued a driving ban because of snow-clogged roads, although a section of Interstate 86 running through the town remains open. Randolph is 50 miles south of Buffalo. Parts of neighboring Chautauqua have up to two feet of snow.
The weather service says more than 17 inches has fallen since Sunday in Rochester, with another foot expected by Wednesday. Farther east, areas of Wayne and Oswego counties along Lake Ontario have gotten up to 27 inches.
Syracuse received a foot of snow on Monday, while the weather service reports 19 inches of snow has fallen in Montezuma in Cayuga County.
Due to inclement weather, the New York State Department of Transportation has canceled Tuesday night's scheduled public information meeting to discuss improvements at the intersection of Routes 11 and 20 in LaFayette. The meeting will be rescheduled for early 2011.
If you plan on driving, check out the State DOT website . They have winter weather advisory information there, as well as traffic cameras for Central New York, and other areas of the state. Make sure to click the weather advisory icon and the camera icon in the box on the left hand side of the screen. The NYS Thruway Authority also allows you to look at their traffic cameras so you can check road conditions before heading out the door.
Meteorologist Peter Hall says the lake effect machine combined with some general Canadian storm moisture is producing a large swath of snow across a good chunk of Central New York and northern New York. This combination will likely produce additional accumulations again today.
Generally speaking, everyone in the viewing area will likely receive at least an additional 1-3" of snow between 5:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. today ( note the light blue color on the map ). Many areas of Central New York and northern New York southeast of Lake Ontario will receive 3-6" of additional snowfall between 5:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ( note the dark blue color on the map ).
Some isolated and select locations southeast of Lake Ontario indicated in the white areas on the map will have the potential for seeing over 6" of fresh snow during the 5:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. period today. Blustery west-northwest wind continues at 15-25 miles per hour with higher gusts. This will create wind chills in the 5 to 15 range along with some light blowing and drifting of some of the snow.
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Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.