Digging out from a substantial snowfall
A winter storm dumped at least a foot of snow in many places around Western New York and the Finger Lakes from Sunday night into early Monday, including the immediate Rochester area.
A Winter Weather Advisory that went into effect Monday night has now been canceled.
Total accumulations varied, with heavier snow to the west, but meteorologist Josh Nichols says that we generally saw anywhere from 8 - 18 inches across the region. Here's a list of snow accumulation reports from the National Weather Service.
Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, so a number of schools, government offices and some businesses were closed for the holiday which helped with the plow drivers' efforts.
Governor Kathy Hochul, along with her commissioners of Homeland Security and the State Transportation Department on Sunday told reporters that the state had several thousand personnel, strategically deployed around the state to help cope with road conditions, as well as other storm-related needs.
Monroe County Executive Adam Bello asked residents to limit motor vehicle travel on Sunday night and Monday unless necessary and urgent. He lifted that advisory on Monday evening.
Area highway officials told WXXI News early Monday morning that main roads were passable, but there is a lot of snow out there, and to take it easy if you are traveling and to give the plows plenty of room to do their work.
The New York State Thruway restricted highway speeds to 45 mph between exit 24 in Albany and exit 61 in Western NY overnight and early Monday morning due to the conditions. That restriction was lifted by the afternoon.
The City of Rochester is calling in extra crews to help with snow removal.
Additional operators and refuse trucks fitted with snowplows were called in to clear main roads and side streets.
Mayor Malik Evans said that drivers are advised to strictly observe alternate side and other posted parking regulations to facilitate snow removal efforts.
Property owners are also asked to clear sidewalks in front of their property of snow and ice and to clear snow from around fire hydrants.
#Snow continues to fall across much of the Thruway system. Our crews have been working around the clock plowing and treating. This is an echelon plowing operation early this morning between exit 23 and 24 in #Albany. If you must travel today, please use caution. pic.twitter.com/QqjoRWxVM9— NYS Thruway Authority (@NYSThruway) January 17, 2022
A number of flights were canceled at the Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport, so make sure to check ahead with your airline if you planned to fly out of Rochester on Monday.