UPDATE: Governor cancels event as snow clogs roads, closes schools
Mon, 07 Mar 2011 04:49:38 GMT —
Governor Andrew Cuomo has cancelled a scheduled appearance in Syracuse today due to the snowy weather. We just got word of this from the Governor's office. Cuomo was scheduled to speak to local business leaders in the Schine Student Center at Syracuse University. There is no word yet when the event will be rescheduled.
Meanwhile, we have new information about restrictions on the Thruway. The restriction for all Tandem tractor trailers between Exit 45 in Rochester and Exit 36 in Syracuse was just lifted.
The restriction was also just lifted for Tandem tractor trailers traveling on the Thruway between Exit 17 in Newburgh and Exit 36 in Syracuse. The advisory was in effect earlier due to severe winter weather.
Heavy snow across Central New York forced dozens of school districts and other organizations to close or delay opening this morning. Click here for the latest list.
Due to the snow, Monday's classes at Syracuse University are cancelled. This includes Univeristy College. The school says administrative staff not required to report to work, but essential personnel have been asked to report as normal if they can travel in safe manner. The dining halls will remain open and operational.
The University says it expects to be open as normal Tuesday, but advises students and staff to check www.syr.edu for updates.
For a look at road conditions around Central New York, here is a link to the NYS DOT and their traffic cameras.
We have also heard from a number of public safety officials who have issued advisories for their communities. We are sharing them below:
From Oneida County: The Sheriff's Office has issued a travel advisory for Oneida County. Several local agencies have investigated cars off the road and other motor vehicle accidents on highways throughout the County due to heavy snow and near white-out conditions in some areas. Use extreme caution when driving and give yourself extra time on your way to your destinations.
The Lewis County Sheriff's Office has issued a No Unnecessary Travel Advisory until further notice. This means hazardous driving conditions exist and no unnecessary travel should take place due to blowing snow and snow covered roads making driving hazardous.
From Chenango County Emergency Management: A state of emergency is in effect until 1 p.m. today. A Travel Advisory will remain in effect from 1 p.m. today through 6 a.m. on Tuesday. All Chenango County roads are closed due to continued blowing and drifting snow. Plows are out, but due to the amount of snow and the limited visibility from the wind that will take considerable time. Travel is extremely dangerous.
Tompkins County Sheriff Ken Lansing declared Tompkins County Roads closed until 8:30 a.m. due to hazardous driving conditions. The advisory has since been lifted. You should still use caution. The sheriff's office says roads county-wide are covered with snow and extremely slippery. The road closure was intended to allow the highway departments time to clear the snow.
From Madison County: A travel advisory has been declared due to conditions caused by the current snow storm. Madison County roadways are extremely hazardous conditions and in many cases impassable roads. This includes all county, township, city and state roadways in Madison County. All unnecessary travel should be avoided until the roadways are cleared. Extreme caution should be used in traveling area roadways if you must travel. Give yourself adequate travel time and allow extra distance between vehicles. If you live near a fire hydrant, your assistance in keeping them clear is greatly appreciated. This advisory will remain in effect until noon today.
The City of Oneida in Madison County has also issued a snow emergency. No unnecessary travel.From Cortland County: The sheriff has issued a travelers advisory for Cortland County asking that there is no un-necessary travel within the county until 12:00 pm today. The storm is expected to continue throughout the morning hours. At the present time all county roads are extremely snow covered and very slippery. The wind is causing blowing and drifting snow with poor visibility. All area highway crews are working diligently to clear the snow from the roads. The Sheriff also reminds county residents of the possible dangers associated with such a storm and to be mindful of the expected weight of the snowfall which can cause down wires or trees on the roadways and around their homes. Onondaga County 911 is handling a growing number of calls for disabled vehicles and accidents. We have no reports of any serious injuries.Here is meteorologist Matt Stevens' forecast for Monday:
A rapid improvement as the morning wears on. Light snow showers and flurries will be moving off to the east and ending early for Syracuse, by late morning to the east and southeast. Another trace-2" of snow in the morning to the southeast of Onondaga County.
Skies will brighten by midday with partial sunshine and even more by late afternoon. It stays chilly though. Wind northwest at 5-20 miles per hour.