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Snow piles up with lake effect; bitter cold to continue through Monday

Jan 20, 2019

The heaviest snow from a major winter storm to hit the Rochester area and much of upstate NY may be over, but the blustery conditions will continue into Monday.

The National Weather Service downgraded the Winter Storm Warning to a Winter Weather Advisory for Monroe, Wayne and Orleans counties early Sunday afternoon. It's in effect until 5pm Monday.

The National Weather Service released snowfall total numbers that showed 16 inches of snow fell at the Rochester Airport as of 7pm Sunday. Irondequoit had one of the higher tallies, at 18.5 inches.

Monday, on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, there  will be some snow showers with a high of only 10 degrees.

There are wind chill warnings and advisories for much of the area from Sunday evening into Monday evening. The wind chills could get to as low as 25 below zero at times.

Most of the area travel advisories were lifted Sunday night, and the state lifted the ban on buses and tractor trailers on the Thruway and other major highways.

There were also several flights canceled or delayed at the Greater Rochester International Airport. It may take a day or two for the airlines to get all of their schedules back in order after the storm hit much of the Midwest and northeastern U.S.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren says that about 200 pieces of equipment, including sidewalk plows and repurposed refuse trucks, were out on the roads Sunday.

You can track their progress by using the Plowtrax app, www.cityofrochester.gov/plowtrax, and call 311 to report problems with snow accumulation on streets and sidewalks.

As temperatures drop, Warren reminds residents to continue to use caution on the roads and while shoveling and heating their homes. Officials caution that you keep high efficiency furnace and water heater vents clear and don’t leave open flames or space heaters unattended.

Residents are reminded to keep their sidewalks and fire hydrants clear and to bring pets inside.

 Here's some video that WXXI reporter James Brown took in Rochester on Sunday of people starting to dig out: