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Boylston and Oswego County Urge Caution Traveling In Lake Effect

BOYLSTON – Due to heavy lake effect snow affecting northern Oswego County, town of Boylston officials and the Oswego County Sheriff’s Department are advising motorists to avoid traveling on local roads within the snow bands.

Heavy lake effect snow impacting the town of Boylston since Christmas Day and continuing through Wednesday, Dec. 27, has challenged the town’s ability to clear local roads.

“We’ve had five feet of snow since Christmas Day,” Town Supervisor Ann Stacy said. “We’re asking people to stay off the roads in the town of Boylston until the snow stops and the town highway department can get the roads clear.”

Officials are urging people to avoid travel through noon Wednesday.

The Oswego County Sheriff’s Department also urged motorists to use caution, noting that the lake effect snow is due to shift south into other areas of the county overnight (Dec. 26 into 27).

In Boylston, several cars have gotten stuck in the snow and there have been a couple of accidents, the supervisor said.

“Town highway crews are working diligently, but the heavy snow and low visibility have made plowing difficult,” Supervisor Stacy said. “We’re asking people to avoid traveling in the town until noon Wednesday.”

Lake effect snow has been falling in northern Oswego County since Sunday night.

The National Weather Service reports that a band of lake effect snow is producing snow fall rates of 2 to 4 inches per hour Tuesday night that extends across Southern Jefferson, Central Lewis, and Northern Oswego counties.

Blowing and drifting snow is also occurring within this band, which is also impacting Sandy Creek, Pulaski and Redfield and is expected to drift south.

The National Weather Service stresses that driving within this snow band will be extremely difficult with snow-covered roads and visibilities down to near zero at times.

“People traveling in Oswego County should use extreme caution,” said Oswego County Emergency Management Director Dale A. Currier. “Visibility is very poor within the lake effect bands and the roads are extremely slippery. People should avoid traveling in these areas whenever possible.”

Currier urged people to put together an emergency kit for their car and include a charged cellular telephone, blankets, snow shovel, energy snacks and water, and make sure to have at least a half-a-tank of gas.

“Oswego County is used to snow, but we’re asking people to use common sense and travel safely,” Currier said.