(feature photo taken just before 9 pm Friday by News Director Vinnie Bellardini while digging out his car in Homer)
A weekend storm brought strong winds and dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of Cortland County in just over 24 hours, beginning Friday morning and continuing into Saturday (February 7-8).
Schools were closed, commutes were brought to a near halt and more than 30 weather-related accidents were reported in the area, several of which caused downed power lines that closed major transportation routes like Routes 13 and 38 in Dryden.
That caused outages for more than 1,000 in the Dryden and Freeville area, which began Friday and didn’t get restored for many until Saturday.
Thousands of Spectrum customers spanning as far as Maine also experienced a disruption in service on Saturday, which was restored several hours later after repairs were made to what the company described as ‘fiber optic damage.’
Spectrum’s customer service line had to be shut down temporarily due to an influx of calls from customers complaining of service loss.
Travel advisories were also issued in Cortland, Cayuga and Tompkins Counties.
See video below Bellardini took just past 3 pm Friday from our third-floor studios on Main Street in Homer: