Region digs out from winter storm


A low pressure system from the Gulf Coast traveling northeast added to a cold front coming down from the northwest equalled a snowy day in Rome Wednesday.

The city is joining the rest of the Mohawk Valley in digging out from Wednesday’s mid-winter storm after heavy snowfall.

“We don’t have exact numbers for Rome yet, but we had heavy snowfall in the area,” Joanne LaBounty, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Binghamton, said.

Holland Patent received nine inches of snowfall, LaBounty said, while Verona Beach had eight inches, Utica had seven-and-a-half inches, Whitestown had seven inches and Boonville had six inches.

LaBounty said snowfall will continue through the weekend. “We can expect temperatures in the 20’s tomorrow and snowfall of up to three inches by Friday evening,” she said.

“On Saturday the temperature will reach a high of 34 degrees with snow and light rain showers mixed in throughout the day,” LaBounty added.

Rome Public Works Commissioner Butch Conover praised his work crews for their handling of the storm.

“The roads are bare and they’re black, and everything is moving as normal,” he said.

The plow drivers kept Rome’s roads safe and clear with a minimum of overtime.

“We had about four hours of overtime for the morning crew, and our midnight shift worked their regular ours,” Conover said. “The storm was continuous, but the snow fell slowly. We also missed any lake effect, which brings larger snowflakes. I’m very happy with the performance of our crews.”

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. declared a snow emergency in advance of the storm, and county offices closed at 1:30 p.m. The offices were scheduled to open today.

The winter weather left its mark throughout Central New York. Madison County Sheriff Todd Hood issued a travel advisory for the county through
7 p.m. Wednesday evening.


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