Say it ain't snow: Record-breaking cold hits Central New York
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:36:09 GMT —
Break out the snow brushes and ice scrapers, winter isn't done just yet in parts of Central New York.
A historic cold front that swept across the region Tuesday has dumped several inches of snow in some areas. The temperature at Hancock Airport in Syracuse dipped to 22 degrees, breaking the April 16 record of 23 set in 1943.
For the most part, drivers are finding roads and highways clear Wednesday morning, but some residents in the central and eastern parts of the state had to clear ice and snow from their vehicles. However, Onondaga County 911 did report dozens of minor crashes and other motor vehicle incidents during the morning commute.
The Altmar-Parish-Williamstown School District even delayed the start of classes for two hours to give buses extra time to get to school.
The change in the weather has sent temperatures plunging from highs in the mid-60s early Tuesday to the 20s and even the teens in some upstate areas. The temperature in Saranac Lake in the Adirondacks dipped to 15 degrees before dawn.
A flood watch remains in effect for Oswego, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, St. Lawrence, Madison, Chenango and Herkimer counties through 2:00 a.m. Thursday. A flood warning is in effect for the Black River in Jefferson and Lewis counties until further notice, specifically around Watertown and Boonville. A flood warning is also in effect for the West Canada Creek in Oneida County.
Forecasters say the warm-up begins Wednesday, with temperatures climbing into the 40s and hitting 60 by Friday, before settling back into the 50s over the weekend.
(Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.)