Slick, snowy roads meant a slow start for Canandaigua city schools this morning. They were delayed one hour.
Town highway crews were warming up the engines on the plow trucks by 3:30 this morning, said crew chief Jim Hecker. A fleet of nine trucks, plus one backup rig, worked against a fierce blowing snow that coated area roads almost as quickly as they were plowed clear.
“The tough thing is always the wind,” said Hecker. “Because you would no sooner plow a road than the wind blows it back in, and you got to turn around and plow it again.”
Just how much snow fell over the weekend? Well, that depends.
The Greater Rochester International Airport logged 7 inches of snow accumulation for Sunday, while the region averaged 10 to 15 inches overall accumulation from Saturday evening to Monday morning, according to News 10 NBC meteorologist Rich Caniglia.
That was less than the 15 to 25 inches anticipated. Why?
“Well, two things happened,” said Caniglia. “One, the big storm on the coast didn’t form as quickly ... so there wasn’t as much moisture, so less snow.”
“Also, some warmer air was able to sneak in, so we had a few hours of just sleet and freezing rain instead of snow on Sunday morning.”
Still, some blustery winds kicking drifts of snow into the roads and sub-freezing temperatures kept the roads slick and slippery for the morning commute.
The conditions caused one Canandaigua woman to crash into a utility pole Sunday afternoon in Hopewell. Sherri Sangster, 42, of 308 Oaktree Dr., was driving on County Road 47 at about noon when she veered to avoid a truck traveling toward her that seemed too far over the center line, Ontario County sheriff’s deputies said.
Sangster lost control of her vehicle and slid into a Rochester Gas & Electric utility pole, knocking it down. She suffered only a minor injury to her hand from the airbag deployment.
According to the sheriff’s office, from Saturday afternoon — when the snow began — through Monday morning, there were few accidents in the county, and none were severe: five resulted in property damage and three caused minor injuries. At the same time, 31 vehicles were reported in ditches.
Lt. William Gallagher Jr. of the sheriff’s office said he worked Sunday and had few calls of crashes or other weather-related incidents.
“I think people must have just prepared to stay home,” he said. “I think people got out early and did what they had to do and stayed home yesterday.”
The good news: The worst of the weather is over — for now.
“Today doesn’t look that bad,” said Caniglia. “And there are no big storms in the next couple of days. Maybe a few flurries here and there.”
Canandaigua city schools were delayed one hour, and Manchester-Shortsville schools were delayed two hours. All Rochester city schools were closed, as well as most districts east of the city, such as Fairport, Penfield and Pittsford.
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