Snow, sleet and wind can make navigating local roads tricky. But they also can make forecasting a storm such as Sunday's Nor'easter complicated.
Snow, sleet and wind can make navigating local roads tricky.
But they also can make forecasting a storm such as Sunday's Nor'easter complicated.
“If it's going to be an all snow event, it wouldn't be difficult,” WKTV meteorologist Bill Kardas said Sunday night. “But, when you deal with sleet, you have to figure out how long it will stay sleet because that will jeopardize your snowfall total.”
Though 10 inches of snow fell in Utica, winter enthusiasts may have been hoping for more. A storm of this size had the potential of producing up to 2 feet of snow, Kardas said.
In the end, the region fell between two areas of heavy precipitation, one in Delaware, and another in Canada, said Meteorologist Jim Brewster of the National Weather Service's office in Binghamton.
“They really don't show their true colors until they're about six to 12 hours from hitting us,” he said. “Even during the event, we're still seeing some things unfold.”
New Hartford resident Cherie Williams said Sunday morning she didn't understand why the community was overreacting.
“Nobody's going to church today because it snowed?” Williams asked with skepticism as she shoveled her porch. “It's not a hurricane. It's not a tidal wave. It's a snowstorm - that's what you expect in Upstate New York.”
About two-and-a-half hours into shoveling Sunday afternoon, Little Falls resident Steve Viskup said he still had about an hour to go.
“It keeps coming,” Viskup said of the snow. “And it's not even winter yet.”
Here are the highlights from the storm:
High winds: Blustery winds blew snow onto roadways and limited visibility for drivers. At 10 a.m., winds gusted to 44 mph. “We don't see winds gust that high very often around here,” Kardas said. “It was impressive.”
Event cancellations and church closings: Several area churches cancelled services and religious education classes. Many local events also were cancelled or rescheduled because of the inclement weather.
Roads closed: Several roads including Route 12 from New Hartford to Waterville; Route 170 from Fairfield to Little Falls and Steuben Hill Road in Herkimer from Baum to Cook Hill roads were closed due to blowing snow and poor visibility.
Power outages: National Grid reported about 600 customers were without power Sunday morning. By Sunday night, less than 300 customers were without power, most of them located in the town of Vienna, according to National Grid's Web site.
Snow emergencies: The city of Utica and villages of Herkimer and Ilion issued snow emergencies and required all parked cars to be off the street through at least this morning.
Slick roadways: The Oneida County Sheriff's Office advised against any unnecessary travel, and no major accidents were reported. Dispatchers reported trees and wires down in the region, according to radio transmissions.
Light snow is expected today, and temperatures will be in the 20s, Kardas said.
“There's no sunshine in the near future; it's kind of depressing,” Kardas said. “The next chance of snow is Wednesday, but it won't be a big deal.”
Contributing: Jessica Ryen Doyle, Bryon Ackerman, Rocco LaDuca and Vanessa Ebbeling