Forty days before winter official arrives, a snowstorm gathering strength in the central and southern Plains states is due to arrive in Western New York this afternoon and locally tonight, according to Accuweather.
Widespread snowfall totals of 1 to 3 inches are likely across the Ohio Valley and into the Northeast, with 3 to 6 inches of snow is expected from the Great Lakes into the interior New England.
Visiting from Long Island during today’s Wind Chill Warning, Marianne and Mark Leippert, in top photo, lean into the wind crossing Main Street, Cooperstown, late this afternoon. Inset at right, Scott Anderson clears the sidewalk in front of Coopestown’s Toscano’s, preparing for this evening’s patrons. The roads have been slippery and visibility short, resulting in an accident on Route 28 at Index at 1 p.m.; police diverted traffic onto Route 33. “Nasty out there,” Rob O’Brien, the county’s 911 director, reported a few minutes ago. His dispatchers have received calls on seven property-damage crashes, and two additional crashes with minor injuries. The City of Oneonta has prohibited parking after 11 p.m. on Ford and London avenues, and Dietz, Elm and Walnut from Maple to Elm to allow crews to plow tonight. (Jim Kevlin /AllOTSEGO.com)
With schools closed for the storm, families and friends took to the slopes around town for some sledding. Above, Micheal Alston, flashes a smile as he sleds down an embankment near Huntington Memorial library this morning. Behind him, his cousin Devonte and uncle Winston also join in the fun. At right, friends Lucy Hartill and Lily Beers, both fifth graders at Valleyview, sled in the fresh powder in Wilber Park. A travel advisory remains in affect at this time. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Crashes were peppering Otsego County’s main arteries this afternoon, as the first big winter storm, on Thanksgiving, the busiest traffic weekend of the year, began in earnest
Snow began in earnest at about 10 a.m. With snows coming in from the southeast, Oneonta was hardest hit first, but by mid-afternoon the whole county was feeling the impact.
Between 3 and 3:40 on Route 28 between I-88 and Cooperstown, at least three cars were off the road, one just north of the highway, another just south of Taylor’s at Goodyear Lake, and a third — just north of Milford — blocked traffic both ways for 20 minutes.