Feb. 15, 2007
OSWEGO COUNTY WATCHING LAKE EFFECT CLOSELY
Oswego County emergency officials are watching closely a lake effect snow band that is expected to impact the area Thursday afternoon through Friday. Oswego County Legislature Chairman Russ Johnson reminded county residents that the travel advisory is still in effect, and motorists should be very cautious. The State of Emergency remains in effect.
Poor visibility in the lake effect band and wind chills of minus 10 to minus 15 degrees will make traveling difficult this evening. The National Weather Service indicated another foot to 2 feet of snow could fall through tomorrow night in some areas of the county.
New York State Police Troop D reported that poor visibility resulted in an accident with a tractor trailer and a snowplow this afternoon on Route 81 between Central Square and Parish that created traffic backups. The road remains open, but State Police report whiteouts in the area.
The County Fire Coordinator’s Office was appraised of the closing of Walmart in Central Square, due to concerns of the amount of snow on the roof. With the cold temperatures forecast tonight, Fire Coordinator John Hinds also asked that people remain vigilant.
County officials remind people not to park on local roads so they can be plowed properly.
The State Department of Transportation has completed its tasks in Orwell and is moving that crew to the City of Oswego. Work in Boylston also is completed, and two snow blower crews are working in Redfield. The snow blowers will continue working round the clock.
State Department of Corrections crews are expected to continue assisting local fire departments through the weekend in shoveling out fire hydrants.
The National Guard has been clearing snow for several public buildings in Mexico, Oswego and Orwell.
“At this point, we remain alert to any potential problems this band of lake effect snow could bring,” Oswego County Emergency Management Director Patricia Egan said. “Our emergency response operations are meeting our mission of restoring infrastructure and maintaining public safety. We’re hopeful that the work will be completed soon.
All of the county’s press releases issued for this emergency, including safety tips, are available on the county website, www.oswegocounty.com.
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