Another severe storm is walloping New York, sending numerous vehicles sliding off icy roads from Buffalo to Albany, forcing scores of schools to close and giving winter-weary upstate residents more snow to clear.
The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings for much of the upstate region, where up to 8 inches of snow has fallen by Friday morning. Forecasters say areas outside Albany could get 12 to 16 inches.
The western half of the state has 5 to 7 inches, with winds gusting to 30 mph in some areas along Lake Erie.
Police report numerous accidents, mostly fender-benders.
Many school districts are on winter break this week, but scores of others from the Southern Tier to the Hudson Valley have canceled classes or delayed starts.
It was an easy commute for early risers today, but as the day wore on driving conditions have deteriorated. The number of calls to Onondaga County's 911 Center continues to rise for stuck or disabled vehicles, and accidents. So far there are no reports of any serious injuries.
You can take a look at the conditions at area roads by going to this web site of the New York State Department of Transportation.
The following counties have issued travel warnings or advisories:
Madison CountyChenango CountyLewis County - expired at 6:30pmSeneca County - expired at 7pmCortland County - expired at 6pmSteuben County - expired at 5pmThe City of Utica has also issued a snow emergency, effective from 10:00 Friday night until 10:00 Saturday morning. Police say all vehicles must be off the streets by 10:00 p.m.
State Police say they have investigated more than 35 car crashes in Broome County alone over the past five days, and warn motorists to use caution and slow down when traveling in adverse weather conditions. Police say you should give yourself plenty of time to travel, leave enough space between vehicles, clean your vehicle off completely, and postpone travel when possible.
If you are traveling by air remember to call your airline before heading to the airport for the latest information on your flight. The FAA is reporting that flights to and from Hancock Airport are being affected by weather at other airports.We only had a small number of school closings today, thanks to the large number of districts on winter break this week. There are, however, many high school playoff games postponed tonight, and we are getting more calls from community organizations and agencies canceling their activities. For a complete list of closings and cancellations, click here.
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Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.