First stories buried in New York squalls

first_imgThere was a break in the weather Friday, but forecasters expected an additional 6 inches to a foot, beginning overnight. “Have to move fast. Want to at least get it off my roof,” said Ray DeLong, 75, as he carved a path to his driveway with a snowblower and two contractors pushed streams of snow from the roof of his two-story home. “This is right up there with the best of them,” DeLong grumbled as his snowblower clogged and stalled. No deaths related to the snow had been reported, but Gov. Eliot Spitzer declared a state disaster emergency in Oswego County because of the snow squalls off Lake Ontario. Parish and Scriba had about 8 feet of snow since the squalls started, according to the National Weather Service. Mexico Mayor Terry Grimshaw said his village was blanketed by 7 feet. “We’re used to a good two- or three-day storm here, that’s no big deal,” Grimshaw said. “But this one has just kept hammering us. There were no breaks until today.” On Friday, the squalls shifted south into Syracuse and stayed there, dropping 4 inches to 8 inches of snow. While residents enjoyed Friday’s lull, snowplows were out in full force to clear roads. An advisory against any nonessential travel remained in effect for Oswego and three nearby counties. Snow banks tower nearly 10 feet tall and have narrowed roads. Although authorities have reported few problems because of the snow, Oswego Fire Chief Ed Geers said his firefighters have had to help three ambulances that got stuck. Schools were closed the entire week. Mexico Superintendent Nelson Bauersfeld said if the district exceeds its allotted six snow days, it would have to shorten its winter or spring breaks. More than a week of bitter cold and slippery roads have contributed to at least 20 deaths across the northern quarter of the nation – five in Ohio, four in Illinois, four in Indiana, two in Kentucky, two in Michigan, and one each in Wisconsin, New York and Maryland, authorities said. Tennessee and northern Alabama tasted a bit of winter weather Friday morning – sleet and freezing rain iced over roadways, and some precipitation briefly turned to snow.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MEXICO, N.Y. – Footprints leading to second-story windows? Even in this winter-tested town, that’s a big snowstorm. Mexico and other communities along eastern Lake Ontario, buried in 7 or more feet of snow since Sunday, have seen the landscape turn otherworldly. Colossal arches of snow stretch from the roofs they slid from, and steep snowbanks make sidewalks look like miniature canyons. But locals aren’t marveling. They’re shoveling. “Everything is 10 times more difficult,” Debbie Allers said, hoisting yet another shovelful of snow outside Red’s Video Store. “Just getting out of the driveway. Going to the store. Anything.” last_img read more