FULTON – Kevin Gardner, Chairman of the Oswego County Legislature, has declared a State of Emergency in Oswego County beginning at 4:04 p.m. today (Feb. 3) due to heavy lake effect snow occurring in the northern portion of the county.
The State of Emergency has been declared in accordance with New York State Executive Law Article 2-B.
A travel ban for the Redfield-Boylston area in the northeastern part of the county was issued by Oswego County Sheriff Reuel A. Todd earlier today due to extreme heavy snow.
Legislature Chairman Gardner’s declaration of State of Emergency covers the entire county, as the snow has impacted the towns of Sandy Creek and Orwell and is forecast to move south through Oswego County.
A lake effect snow warning issued by the National Weather Service remains in effect until 7 p.m Saturday.
“People should use extreme caution traveling in Oswego County and should heed the travel ban issued by the Sheriff,” Legislature Chairman Gardner said. “Emergency vehicles and town, county and state highway plows are having difficulty getting through the area, creating dangerous conditions.”
“While snow removal efforts are underway in these areas travel in some areas is getting more difficult and snow accumulations are limiting parking and other access,” Oswego County Emergency Management Director Dale A. Currier said.
The Oswego County Highway Department and New York State Department of Transportation are assisting the towns of Redfield, Boylston, Orwell and Sandy Creek where they can.
Sheriff Todd has requested no unnecessary travel for the affected areas, as conditions are extremely dangerous.
Vehicles stuck or stranded on the highway inhibit the cleaning and plowing of the highways.
Parking lots for snowmobiles in the area have not been cleared of snow and snowmobilers are requested to locate to other areas.