Winter storm causes travel problems, closes schools around central and northern NY

Mar 15, 2017

More than 2 feet of snow fell across parts of central New York Tuesday, making travel treacherous and shutting down schools, government offices and many businesses across the region. More snow is expected today, leading to more closings and warnings advising against travel.

The state of emergency the governor declared for all of New York state is still in effect, and states of emergencies have also been declared by some central New York counties.

More snow is expected Wednesday for much of central and northern New York, in addition to the snow that fell Tuesday
Credit National Weather Service - Buffalo

Roads in Chenango county are closed until 8 p.m. Wednesday. Madison County has banned travel on its roads until 9:00 a.m. Many other jurisdictions have issued travel advisories warning against travel – they include Onondaga, Cayuga and Wayne counties and the cities of Fulton and Oswego. The state has banned tractor trailers from the New York State Thruway and Interstate 81 until further notice.

The Syracuse City School District has closed schools for Wednesday, as have most central New York, the Mohawk Valley and Southern Tier.

The official snow total at Syracuse Hancock Airport Tuesday was 19 inches, but to the south and east of Syracuse, 2-3 feet fell. More than 30 inches fell across parts of Madison, Chenango and Tompkins counties.

Officials say if you don’t have to go out today, stay home.