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Winter Storm System Brings Cortland, Nearby Counties to a Halt

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As expected, Cortland County and much of the northeastern U.S. were hit with a powerful storm system yesterday that included a dangerous combination of rain, ice and heavy snowfall that’s expected to continue through tonight (December 1-2).

A Winter Storm Warning from the National Weather Service remains in effect until midnight tonight, with a total of 8-12 inches of total accumulation. As of 11:00 this morning, some areas had already reported hitting the 8″ mark.

We do have a long list of closings & cancellations here, which will be updated in real-time throughout the day.

Multiple accidents have been reported that have caused significant traffic delays and long commute times.

One of which was a tractor trailer rollover late last night on Interstate-81 near Exit 12 (Cortland/Homer), which caused lane closures that began just past 9:30 Sunday night and lasted until 1:30 this morning, according to 511-NY.

No more details have yet been reported on this accident.

(Photo: Ithaca Fire Department)

In Tompkins County, crews responded to a car-plow truck collision around 9:30 this morning, which occurred on Slaterville Road near Burns Road in the Town of Ithaca (see photo right).

Ithaca Fire officials say arrived to find a vehicle off the road and down an embankment with two passengers inside, one of which was trapped.

Heavy Rescue was requested to the scene along with another engine company, and crews secured the car to the heavy rescue truck so it wouldn’t fall further down the ravine in the snowy conditions.

Eventually, they were able to extricate the woman from the car. She and the driver were brought to nearby hospitals for treatment of minor injuries, as was the driver of the plow truck.

Power has also been in and out for thousands of households across the county, lasting several hours yesterday evening and taking as recent as this morning to fully restore.

However, more outages are possible with the inclement weather expected to continue into the nighttime hours.

Cortland County Sheriff Mark Helms has not restricted travel at this time, but has issued an advisory recommending to avoid it if all possible.

Additionally, speed limits have been lowered on certain roads, including a reduction to 45 mph along part of Interstate-81 leading down to Pennsylvania.


(video taken on James Street, Homer, at 8:18 p.m. on Sunday December 1)

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