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February 14, 2014

Storm leaves roads slick, classes canceled*

Two Oneonta business owners said Thursday they were hopeful that a storm predicted to bring 10 to 14 inches of snow before ending this morning would not disrupt Valentine’s Day preparations.

The storm closed area schools and led to at least two travel advisories. No serious accidents were reported Thursday by emergency service dispatchers. The National Weather Service in Binghamton has issued a winter storm warning through 10 a.m. today.

A couple of area businesses counting on Valentine’s Day shoppers said they were hopeful the storm wouldn’t have much of an impact.

Stella Luna Ristorante co-owner Vincenzo Avanzato said with available seating filling up, “I think it will be okay.” Even if it snows this morning, by the evening it should be fine, he said. Although it is winter, holiday’s like this are important to area businesses, he said.

Kathryn Kroll, owner of Coddington’s Florist, said Thursday’s snow was affecting business.

“People are not calling us as they usually do,” she said, adding that she was hoping people would take the time to come in today.

“We work 12-15 hour days to get ready, but it is out of my control,” she said.

In the city of Oneonta, a travel advisory is in effect, meaning “no unnecessary travel,” according to a media release from the city. Also, the ordinance is in effect that prohibits on-street parking when 2½ inches of snow has fallen, until the roadway is cleared.

Towing had not started as of 8:30 p.m., but it could occur if necessary later in the storm, police said.

Regulations in city lots have been suspended through 8 a.m. Saturday to allow for parking. At that time the parking lots will be cleared of remaining snow, so cars must be removed from the surface parking lots and the top floor of the parking garage.

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