by nicole a. elliott Staff writer

OUR FLAG WAS STILL THERE ¿ It wasn't bombs bursing in air that tattered the colors at Central Fire Station, it was howling wind. (Sentinel photo by John Clifford)

STICKING TO IT ¿ New snow is cleared from the walks surrounding the Rome Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars. At the controls is Walter Powonsky of 6301 Karlen Road, custodian and life member. (Sentinel photo by John Clifford)

Did you hear the wind blow?

Gusts peaked at 44 mph at Griffiss Park at 2:53 a.m. today as a cold front muscled across the state, following a rainy Tuesday during which Rome’s high temperature hit the same number, 44.

"Yesterday we had much warmer temperatures with rain, so it’s not too uncommon that we see a cold front move in the way it did," said Joanne LaBounty, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Binghamton, "That’s pretty typical for winter in central New York."

Winds were a breezy 7 mph just before 8 p.m. Tuesday, but had climbed to 15 mph with 29 mph gusts less than two hours later. The whooshing weather system carried colder air which created the perfect environment for snow. About an inch of the white stuff fell before dawn.
Camden schools delayed again delayed the start of classes by two hours because of poor road conditions in northern zones.

Electrical power was lost to 27 customers between Verona and Westmoreland, National Grid said.

Damaging winds caused at least 1,200 residents in Lewis and Onondaga counties to lose service. Other outages were scattered across Oneida County this morning, including four outages in the Town of Vienna that left 55 customers in the dark, as well as three failures affecting eight customers just outside Westernville. There were nine residents in Lee Center without power. The utility said all customers were expected to be back in service by 11 a.m.

Rome firefighters also responded to a tree that toppled on Turin Road at 11:21 p.m., and were called to Shankenberry Avenue two minutes later for fallen wires.