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Winter Storm: Schools, I-81 remain closed, Thruway reopens

Update 3:00 pm: The last portions of Rt. 81 between Watertown and North Syracuse are reopening as crews clear entrances and exits his afternoon.

A blizzard warning for western New York has expired, but many schools from Buffalo to the North Country remain closed because of arctic conditions.

A 50-mile section of Interstate 81 north of Syracuse has been closed again as lake-effect storms continue to cause treacherous driving conditions. I-81 from Watertown to the Canadian border is open again after being shut down when the weather worsened on Tuesday.

The Thruway in western New York has reopened after being closed since Monday by a blizzard that's winding down after dumping nearly 20 inches of snow on the region.

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The National Weather Service's first extended blizzard warning for the Buffalo area in 20 years was lifted at 6 a.m. Wednesday, two days after the storm barreled in with snow and high winds that impacted an area from the state's southwest corner to the Canadian border in northern New York.

The weather service says the storm dumped up to 18 inches in the Buffalo area and 27 inches east of Lake Ontario.

With temperatures in the single digits, many schools from western New York to Watertown remain closed for a second day or are opening two hours late.

 

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) A 50-mile section of Interstate 81 north of Syracuse has been closed again as lake-effect storms continue to cause treacherous driving conditions.

The state Department of Transportation closed the highway early Wednesday morning from Brewerton, just north of Syracuse, to Watertown in Jefferson County. I-81 from Watertown to the Canadian border is open again after being shut down when the weather worsened on Tuesday.

The Brewerton-to-Watertown section of the highway was closed Monday night, but a portion of that stretch had reopened Tuesday night.

Oswego County areas the highway runs through are expected to get up to another two feet of snow by Thursday.

 

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Thruway in western New York has reopened after being closed since Monday by a blizzard that's winding down after dumping nearly 20 inches of snow on the region.

The Thruway Authority says Interstate 90 from Exit 46 at Rochester to Exit 61 on the Pennsylvania border opened to all traffic around 5 a.m. Wednesday.

The Buffalo section of Interstate 190, the Niagara Thruway, has also reopened after being closed Tuesday.

 

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