High winds down trees, knock out power to thousands

Published Apr 16, 2018 at 4:05pm

A cold, dreary weekend has given way to high winds with heavy rain and more snow in the forecast today for much of the region, according to the National Weather Service in Binghamton.

The National Weather Service said a powerful storm with a strong cold front began moving in overnight and is expected to sweep through the area today. The system will bring in heavy rain — with up to an inch of rain possible locally — isolated thunderstorms and winds between 25 and 30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. A high wind advisory is in effect for most of the region while a high wind warning is in effect for the Tug hill and parts of the Adirondacks. Parts of western New York and the Catskills area could see two inches of rain or more.

Gusts of nearly 50 mph blew through Oneida and Madison counties overnight. As of 7:30 this morning, National Grid was reporting some 4,789 customers without power in Oneida County, including nearly 500 in Rome — with most in east Rome, primarily between East Dominick and East Bloomfield streets, power was expected to be restored by 12:45 p.m., while most others could expect service to be restored before 5 p.m. according to National Grid’s Outage Central.

Staley Elementary School, 620 E. Bloomfield St., was closed today because of the outage, and with power not expected to be back on until late this afternoon the school’s staff did not need to report.

As temperatures fall tonight, snow showers are expected but little or no accumulation is
likely. The rest of the week doesn’t get much better, according to the National Weather Service as more rain and snow showers
and below-average temperatures are in the forecast through Thursday.

In addition to the local outages, several area roadways were closed on Sunday because of downed trees or power lines, according to the state State Department of transportation. Among area roads effected were: Route 365 in Trenton between Korber Road and Mappa Avenue, wires down and from Route 12 South to Route 5A West exit ramp, Utica, failing power pole. A section of Golf Course Road was closed this morning because of a downed tree.