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First Winter Storm Is Possible Tonight

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First Winter Storm

Is Possible Tonight

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.

Heavy Snow LikelyThroughout Night

Heavy Snow Likely

Throughout Night

As was evident at the flagpole in downtown Cooperstown an hour ago, snow is expected to continue across Otsego County throughout the night – at some points, at the rate of an inch an hour – until 8 a.m. Saturday, when the National Weather Service’s Winter Storm Warning may be lifted. Drivers in Oneonta, Cooperstown and Milford are being asked to keep their cars off the streets tonight; in Oneonta, the downtown parking deck and other municipal lots are available for public parking; in Cooperstown, the Doubleday lot is open to drivers who need to take their cars off public streets. The good news: Sunday, highs are expected to reach 46 degrees. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Our Neighbors Struggle Against Whipping Wind

911 Reports 9 Accidents

AS WIND WHIPS,

WIND CHILL DIPS

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)

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Snow Day in Oneonta!

Snow Day in Oneonta!

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)

Making The Best Of It

Making The Best Of It

It was in the teens this afternoon, but Dayna Vibbard made the best of it, helping her boyfriend, Tom Reddick of Stretch's Lawn Care, shovel the walk around Schlather & Birch, Cooperstown. In addition to temperatures in the single digits tonight across Otsego County, there's a lake-effect advisory in effect until 10 a.m. Tuesday. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
It was in the teens this afternoon, but Dayna Vibbard made the best of it, taking in the fresh air while helping her boyfriend, Tom Redding of Stretch’s Lawn Care, shovel the walk around Schlather & Birch, Cooperstown. In addition to temperatures in the single digits tonight across Otsego County, there’s a lake-effect advisory in effect until 10 a.m. Tuesday. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
CRASHES PEPPER COUNTY AFTER SNOWSTORM HITS

CRASHES PEPPER COUNTY

AFTER SNOWSTORM HITS

Cars began sliding off Route 28 shortly after three today, with three mishaps slowing traffic between I-88 and Cooperstown.   This one was just south of Taylor's at Goodyear Lake.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Cars began sliding off Route 28 shortly after 3 this afternoon, with three mishaps slowing traffic between I-88 and Cooperstown. This one was just south of Taylor’s at Goodyear Lake. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Sean O'Day and Megan Bliss of Bliss Landscaping, Oneonta, were shoveling sidewalks at the Otsego-Delaware Board of Realtors,  353 Main St., at 2:30 this afternoon at snow continued to fall steadily.
Sean O’Day and Megan Bliss of Bliss Landscaping, Oneonta, were shoveling sidewalks at the Otsego-Delaware Board of Realtors, 353 Main St., at 2:30 this afternoon at snow continued to fall steadily.

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.

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