Winter storm blitzes upstate New York with a foot or more of snow

Snowfall in Pennellville, Oswego County

More than a foot of snow has been dumped across parts of upstate New York as much of the region deals with its first major storm of the season.

The National Weather Service says snowfall totals late Thursday morning range from 11 inches at Ogdensburg on the Canadian border in northern New York to 15 inches in Wales, outside Buffalo.

The Rochester and Syracuse areas also have received more than 10 inches from the storm that featured wind gusts of 30 mph when it hit western and central New York Wednesday afternoon.

The weather service says up to 16 inches could fall in some upstate areas, with 20 inches possible in higher elevations, by Thursday evening.

State police report multiple accidents on the Thruway system, none of them fatal.

The cities of Syracuse, Utica, and Oswego have

issued winter parking notices

for residents in order to keep streets clear for plows. Utica says its parking ban has been lifted as of 10:00 Thursday morning, but will be reinstated at 10:00 tonight.

Seneca, Jefferson, and Lewis counties issued travel advisories Thursday morning, and all three were rescinded in the afternoon. The Seneca County Sheriff says drivers

should still observe good winter driving practices as road conditions can change rapidly and without warning.

Centro in Syracuse says it is is operating on all available snow routes with no significant delays. Centro in Utica and Rome is experiencing slight delays of 5-10 minutes, and Oswego is running on schedule. However, bus service between Syracuse and Oswego is delayed 10-15 minutes.

Centro in Auburn is unable to service Brogan Manor. All other service is operating as scheduled with no delays.

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(Information from the Associated Press was used in this report)