OSWEGO, NY – After a snow and blustery Monday, things will improve slightly Tuesday.
The area shoveled out from underneath another 7 inches of snow on Monday.
The blowing and drifting snow caused whiteout conditions, which delayed or closed many county school districts and cancelled other afternoon and evening events.
It will be cold overnight with more lake effect flurries east of Lake Ontario and Tuesday will see a mix of sun and clouds, according to Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service.
The temperatures will be close to 10 degrees, he added.
The cold front bulled its way through Oswego County around 5:30 a.m. Monday, Gregway said.
“Between 5:30 and 8:30 a.m., we received an inch and a half of snow,” he said. “The temperature dipped from near 30 degrees to 12 degrees (the low for the day). Things should be a bit calmer Tuesday.”
The winds were whipping pretty good at that time as well, he added.
Wind speeds were between 35 to 40 mph off and on most of the day and were still blowing pretty good Monday night, Gregway said.
Another 5.5 inches of snow fell between noon and 4 p.m.
The sun tried to peek out around 9:15 a.m., Gregway said. But it “wasn’t out for long.”
It was completely overcast again by 10 a.m. and the snow returned with some areas in northeastern Oswego County seeing nearly a foot or so of snow.
The Oswego DPW is doing its best to keep ahead of the snow, Commissioner Mike Smith said.
“We always do the main arteries first, emergency routes and soon as we are able to, we get out into all of the wards and start clearing all of the side streets,” he said.
The blowing snow made things more difficult, he noted.
“The visibility always causes us issues, as it does with anybody who’s on the road in weather like this. You just have to slow down a little and give yourself extra time,” he said. “It does hamper us a little bit. But we just keep going and try to get things opened up for everybody as soon as we are able. Once the snow stopped and the blowing stopped, we’ve been able to get out and take care of just about everything.”
They will continue to clean up overnight, he said, adding “If (the snow band) lands on us again, we will go deal with it one more time.”
A lake effect snow warning remains in effect until 7 a.m. Wednesday for Oswego County.
And, a windchill advisory remains in effect from 3 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Tuesday.