The first major winter storm of the year left several parts of the state buried in snow by Monday evening.
Dubbed Winter Storm Ezekiel by the Weather Channel, the storm is part of a low-pressure system that blanketed the Northeast throughout the weekend and into Monday.
Snowfall totals varied across the state, with the Capital region and upper portions of the mid-Hudson Valley seeing the greatest impact of about a foot and a half, according to the National Weather Service.
During a Monday appearance in Kingston, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in Ulster, Schenectady, Saratoga, Rensselaer, Greene, Columbia and Albany counties.
Earl Van Wormer III, Esperance town supervisor and chair of the Schoharie County Board of Supervisors, declared a countywide state of emergency Monday morning, urging residents to refrain from all unnecessary travel until 6 a.m. Tuesday.
Area school districts and several local businesses announced cancellations and closures Sunday evening in anticipation of heavy snowfall Monday.
Hartwick College joined SUNY campuses in Oneonta, Delhi and Cobleskill in cancelling classes Monday and opening up residence halls early Saturday for students returning to campus in advance of the storm.
A winter storm warning in Otsego, Delaware and other counties throughout New York and Pennsylvania was lifted Tuesday at midnight. The National Weather Service predicted “moderate to heavy” snowfall with total amounts of 9 to 13 inches across the region.
The National Weather Service reported 5.2 inches of snowfall in Oneonta at 8:15 a.m., 7.8 inches in Hartwick at 11:45 a.m., 11.2 inches of snowfall in Sherburne at 1:45 p.m. and 10 inches in Davenport at 4:47 p.m.
Local meteorologist David Mattice said the storm was comprised of two low-pressure systems: one traveling east from the Northwest, bringing what he described as a “mixed bag” of precipitation Sunday, and one moving inland from the Atlantic Ocean on Monday, drawing moisture and “bombarding” the area with snow.
Mattice estimated an additional 6 to 7 inches of snow would have fallen if not for the significant amounts of rain, sleet and freezing rain that came down Monday.
“All in all, we escaped the wrath of the storm,” he said, noting that the storm pulled away from the area as it strengthened.
New York State Electric and Gas reported more than 400 customers in Otsego and Delaware counties without power Monday morning, with restoration times estimated at several hours.
New York State Police responded to more than 50 motor vehicle accidents in Chenango, Delaware and Otsego counties between Sunday morning and 3 p.m. Monday, according to Aga Dembinska, Troop C public information officer. Forty-three of the reported accidents involved some degree of damage.
Tuesday is expected to be mostly sunny, with temperatures rising into the mid-30s, according to the National Weather Service. Additional snow showers are possible Wednesday.