Oswego Escapes Worst Of Snowstorm

OSWEGO, NY – Some parts of Oswego County saw their snowfall totals double in just one day. Other areas, not so much.

Dick Drosse measured nearly 20 inches at his Minetto home by early afternoon on Monday.
Dick Drosse measured nearly 20 inches at his Minetto home by early afternoon on Monday.

The snow band that stalled over Fulton – Phoenix for the better part of today raised havoc on the roadways.

There was quite a bit of activity on the county roadways today, according to a spokesperson for E-911.

“We had a lot of calls regarding vehicles off the road,” they said. “Fortunately, nothing really that serious.”

The areas around Fulton, Hannibal, Volney and parts of Oswego were hit the hardest. Areas further to the north received less snow.

Oswego received just 7.2 inches at the weather station, according to Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service.

“I’m sure Fulton got more, two feet or so,” he said. “Maybe even closer to three feet. You could see the (snow) band right over them all day.”

On Sunday, there were scattered flurries in the area. It snowed from noon to 4 p.m. and then the snow returned from about 6:30 p.m. until just about midnight (4.0 inches), Gregway said.

“It snowed pretty much all night and didn’t stop until about 9 a.m. (1.5 inches). We got some more between noon and 3 p.m. (1.7 inches).”

For the month, Oswego’s snow total is 35.6 inches.

The winter total, at the end of January, stands at 45.1 inches.

“At this time in the winter, we should have 92.7 inches of snow,” Gregway pointed out. “Right now we have a deficit of 47.6 inches! That’s a greater amount than what we’ve received.”

Jocelyn Rhodes Cook reports that residents in the Phoenix area had to withstand at least 10 inches of snow in many places.

“It’s not anywhere near what people I know in the Fulton area got,” she said. “People were saying the roads were bad, even midday here. But, when I went out after dark everything seemed to be cleared up.”

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  1. If you don’t get more snow up there or alot of rain this spring you may be in a drought again—that area doesn’t get half the snow it used to.I remember when I was a kid in the 50s and 60s that usually the snow started in November and never saw grass again until April, in fact it was like that most of the 70s and early 80s, thats when everyone had the snowmobiles and really got to ride them alot.

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