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December 18, 2013

Storm closes area schools, roads

A storm that brought snow to the area Tuesday caused early school and many after-school activity cancellations.

It also resulted in a number of problems for motor vehicles, police and emergency dispatchers said. No major accidents were reported.

The storm system that came from the Tennessee Valley brought snow to the area starting at dawn and moved to the northeast, leaving by mid-afternoon, National Weather Service in Binghamton meteorologist Brian Lovejoy said. Snowfall in most areas ranged from 1.5 to 3 inches. There is no significant snow forecast in the near future, he said.

Delaware County Undersheriff Craig DuMond said: “We’ve been busy all day,” with numerous motor vehicle accidents, and such problems as tractor trailers not being able to go up hills. His agency and the state police had 20 to 30 incidents during the day, he said.

“Nothing was that serious,” he said.

Oneonta police Lt. Douglas Brenner said his department responded to a couple of property damage accidents about 8 a.m. No cars had to be towed because of the snow, he said.

Dispatchers in Chenango and Otsego counties also reported numerous weather-related accidents but nothing serious. 

Much of New York was blanketed in snow and cold temperatures Tuesday. The Associated Press reported that a low temperature of minus 27 degrees was recorded at Saranac Lake in the Adirondacks.

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