Winter storm leaves CNY under state of emergency, many flights cancelled

As many families prepare to head out of town for winter break, a winter storm is wreaking havoc on many of their plans.

Flights in and out of Syracuse's Hancock Airport were delayed or cancelled Thursday night as the snow started to pile up.

The governor extended a State of Emergency into several Central New York counties including Cortland, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego and St. Lawrence counties. Earlier in the day, the governor put a State of Emergency in place for the Mid-Hudson, New York City and Long Island regions.

The state of emergency allows critical resources to be mobilized to help local governments.

Due to the storm, the New York State Thruway Authority has banned tractor trailers from driving on the Thruway between Syracuse and New York City. The ban is in place in both directions from Exit 36 (Watertown-Binghamton-I-81) and the New York City line.

Drivers are being urged to use caution due to slick, slippery road conditions.