A winter storm that already has dumped heavy snow from parts of California to the northern Midwest and inundating other areas with rain, brought a wintry mix to the Rochester area on Sunday, followed by several inches of snow overnight into Monday.
The National Weather Service on Monday afternoon canceled the winter weather advisiory for Monroe and Livingston counties. The weather service also canceled the winter storm warning for Ontario and Wayne counties.
There was a mixture of snow, freezing rain and sleet on Sunday on what is one of the busier travel days of the year, with people returning from the long Thanksgiving weekend. The precipitation changed to all snow overnight into early Monday morning. Several inches of snow fell overnight, and News 8 meteorologist Josh Nichols expects we'll see another 2 - 6 inches in the Rochester metro area on Monday.
There were a number of accidents reported around Western NY and the Finger Lakes on Sunday morning due to icy roads.
The is a Winter Storm Warning for Ontario, Wayne and Steuben counties until 7pm on Monday.
The Winter Storm Warning for counties including Seneca and Yates runs until midnight on Monday.
Governor Andrew Cuomo deployed state agency commissioners from DHSES, DOT, Thruway Authority and State Police to regions expected to be hardest hit by the storm, and announced the state emergency response bunker will be open until the end of the storm. The Governor also announced 524,000 tons of salt is available to help combat black ice and snowy roads. Central NY, the Albany area, and parts of the Hudson Valley saw the heaviest snow, with more than a foot in many places.
Cuomo’s announcement also says that bus service has been cancelled out of Port Authority in New York City to Binghamton, Rochester, Buffalo, Ithaca and Syracuse until further notice.
Cuomo directed non-essential state employees in the Capital Region not to report to work on Monday, due to potentially dangerous driving conditions.
Cuomo also announced that the State Department of Transportation and the Thruway Authority are advising lower speed limits on a number of state-owned roadways.
He said the speed limit has been lowered on various state roads including I-81 from the Pennsylvania line to Syracuse, the Thruway, from exit 36 to exit 24 in Albany, and other highways in the Southern Tier and Hudson Valley.
Digging out from ice crusted snow Monday morning in Fairport. @NWS in Buffalo says Rochester area may see another 3-4 inches of snow today with temps below freezing causing icy road conditions. @maxrocphoto pic.twitter.com/8AyptutMPk
— WXXI News (@WXXINews) December 2, 2019
A number of flights were cancelled or delayed at the Greater Rochester International Airport on Sunday. Most flights were scheduled on time for Monday morning.
Officials always suggest you check ahead with your airline before coming out to the airport.
The Buffalo News reports that icy conditions led to an Delta Air Lines plane sliding off the runway at Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
The newspaper says that the plane, coming from LaGuardia Airport in New York City, was taxiing to the gate at about 8:30 a.m. Sunday when it slid on the ice and one of its wheels got stuck for a time. There were 72 passengers on board but no one was injured.
SUNY Geneseo announced on its website that it has canceled all day and evening classes for Monday since many members of the campus community were traveling from areas forecasted to have challenging weather. Wells College is also closed Monday. Alfred University and Alfred State College also cancelled classes. At Alfred State, classes are cancelled at the Alfred and Wellsville Campuses. Northland classes are not cancelled. Classes were also cancelled at Keuka College and New York Chiropractic College.
Finger Lakes Community College also cancelled classes on Monday.
Most of the school districts affected by closings or delays on Monday were in the Finger Lakes.
You can find more closing information here.
A travel advisory in Livingston County was lifted at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, but the Sheriff cautions that morning snows on Monday could cause more travel problems.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.