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Major snow event closes schools, leads to slow morning in Ithaca area

Major snow event closes schools, leads to slow morning in Ithaca area

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It was just before 3 a.m. when snow started to pick up in intensity in the Ithaca area.

By 4 a.m., many roads in the region were snow-covered. By 6:30 a.m., many school districts had made the decision to close for the day.

Almost every school district in the WHCU listening area shut its doors for Wednesday, after watching several inches of snow fall in a short time Wednesday morning.

Early morning classes were cancelled on the Cornell University, Ithaca College, and SUNY Cortland campuses. Classes didn’t start until 10 a.m. at those schools. Tompkins Cortland Community College made the decision early Wednesday to cancel classes for the day.

Just after 9 a.m., city of Ithaca officials said they would close down all city facilities for the day. Mayor Svante Myrick also excused non-essential city staff from work for the day.

No major accidents were reported throughout the Ithaca area Wednesday morning, however, Tompkins County Sheriff Ken Lansing tells WHCU that his department received a number of calls about cars that were off the road.

He says there were also a number of reports of trucks that couldn’t get up and down hills in and out of Ithaca, in spots along Routes 13, 34 and 96.

Significant snow totals were reported in areas south and east of Ithaca. The National Weather Service reports snow totals of a foot or more in areas of Broome and Chemung County. In Owego in Tioga County, the village had seen 11.5 inches by 9 a.m.

A winter storm warning was set to last through 7 p.m. for the entire region.

Much of upstate New York was dealing with snow Wednesday morning. Governor Andrew Cuomo, in a conference call with reporters, says the state had more than 1,700 plows out, and more than 4,000 operators, as they responded to areas that were most in need.

 

 

 

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