Central New York Avoids Worst of Winter Storm
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Central New York Avoids Worst of Winter Storm

The National Weather Service reported anywhere from 6-10 inches of snowfall in some areas with a winter storm warning for the region set to expire this morning, as meteorologists expect the the storm to slowly break up. 

Snow was said to briefly be falling at rates of 7 inches an hour in parts of New England, and Gov. Cuomo declared a state of emergency Friday for parts of New York State expected to be hit the hardest. There are reports this morning of people trapped in their vehicles on the Long Island Expressway, which is closed as of early this morning. 

Snow made for tricky driving for many commuters Friday and many people decided to hunker down and avoid the roads, especially after a long list of evening activities was canceled. Hundreds of flights have been cancelled up and down the east coast. 

Officials at Cortland County's 911 dispatch center report a reletively quiet night and no major accdidents, but they remind motorists that roads this morning are snow covered and very slippery and motorists are advised to use extreme caution if you have to travel ... crews have been out throughout the night working and conditions should improve with the passing of the storm throughout the day. 

Today's forecast calls for any snow to eventually come to an end, but wind gusts up to 30 miles an hour will likely cause blowing and drifting and wind chills will make it feel like it is below zero at times. Tomorrow, forecasters predict a calm, warmer day with some sunshine.

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