Cayuga County Sheriff David Gould has banned travel for any non-emergency vehicles, according to a press release this afternoon. A travel advisory had previously been issued, but due to an exceptional number of motor vehicle accidents, as well as a number of county roads being closed — the upgrade was deemed necessary.
The Lake Effect Snow Warning for the Finger Lakes region has been expanded until 4 am, Tuesday morning. Road conditions are expected to deteriorate again tonight, as temperatures fall around sunset at 4:30 pm.
Sheriff David Gould issued the travel advisory at 9:00 pm. In the statement released Sunday evening, the advisory said that current weather conditions, snow and ice covered roads, as well as blowing snow — causing near-zero visibility prompted the release. “Unnecessary travel should be avoided until the advisory is lifted,” according to Gould.
According to WROC, an Ontario County woman lost control of her vehicle in Phelps — crashing into a telephone pole. She was trapped inside her vehicle, according to reports due to live wires being knocked down from the collision. She was eventually pulled from the accident.
RG&E is working to restore power to more than 3,000 customers in Wayne County. 718 customers are without power in Tompkins County, according to NYSEG.
An accident between exits 39 and 40 on the New York State Thruway around 8:30 pm. About an hour later an accident was reported between exits 40 and 41. According to the Thruway Authority, travel has been reduced to about 20-30 mph throughout the state. Around 9:30 pm the Thruway Authority said that an accident between exits 42 and 43 stopped eastbound traffic completely.
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