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Fulton declares snow emergency
02-05-2007, 12:09 PM
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Fulton declares snow emergency
Snow, cold and wind are making travel extremely hazardous today in parts of Oswego County.

The city of Fulton declared a snow emergency at 11:15 a.m. because blowing and drifting snow are creating near zero visibility in places. Officials said motorists should stay off the roads unless there is an emergency and that vehicles will be towed if they become stuck or present a hazard.

If anyone needs emergency parking, motorists can park at Indian Point Landing (North First Street off Route 481 at the north city line), Bullhead Point (Route 3 West between the War Memorial and YMCA), and across from the DPW (Seward Street and North Fifth Street).

With wind chills of 20 below zero and heavy snow in the forecast for today, much of Oswego County has come to a standstill - and authorities are advising travelers to stay off the roads in Oswego County.

Oswego Mayor Randy Bateman issued a travel advisory for the city this morning that is in effect until midnight.

Interstate 81 southbound between Sandy Creek and Pulaski was shut down for about at hour this morning because of multiple motor vehicle accidents, said state police, but has now re-opened.

Every school in the county is closed, as is BOCES. Cayuga Community College also cancelled classes in Fulton, and in a rare move, officials at the State University College at Oswego also cancelled classes for the day.

Between 7 and 10 a.m. today, "at least 50" accidents were reported, according to a supervisor at the Oswego County 911 center.

"They're happening wherever the lake effect bands are concentrated," the supervisor said. "From Oswego town to Richland, Williamstown, Hastings and all points in between."

None of the accidents were serious, according to 911 dispatchers.

Oswego County Sheriff Reuel Todd is urging motorists to stay off the roads unless travel is absolutely necessary.

The following message was posted early this morning on the Oswego State Web site:

Winter storm cancels Monday classes
Due to a powerful winter storm, all daytime and evening classes at SUNY Oswego and the college's Phoenix Education Center are canceled for Monday, Feb. 5.
In addition, due to the cancellations, the deadline to add a semester class has been moved to tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 6.

Heavy snow started in North Redfield last night around 9 p.m. dumping 4 to 5 inches per hour for about two hours, according to weather observer Carol Yerdon.

"It calmed down somewhat, giving us a total of 20 inches by this morning at 9 a.m.," Yerdon said via e-mail. "With the temperature at 1 degree and winds 5 to 10 mph, wind chill was near 20 below. With this most recent storm we have received 43 inches in the first five days of February and a total of 191 inches for the season."

Snow is expected to continue throughout the day, tonight and Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service in Buffalo. More than two feet of snow is expected in the persistent lake-effect bands.

— Staff Writer Suzanne Ellis, Oswego County Bureau

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