A travel advisory for the county will remain in effect until Thursday morning at 5 a.m.
UPDATE AT 7:30 A.M.: Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero is urging residents to avoid unnecessary travel until Thursday morning at the earliest.
A travel advisory for the county will remain in effect until Thursday morning at 5 a.m.
"Significant amounts of snowfall and wind will continue throughout today and tonight that will make travel dangerous," according to a press release from the Sheriff's Office. "Plow crews may not be on the road overnight (Wednesday/Thursday), so road surfaces could see significant accumulations before they resume plowing tomorrow morning."
All area schools, including in Canandaigua, Geneva, Naples, Manchester-Shortsville and Finger Lakes Community College, remain closed for a second straight day Wednesday because of the weather. For an updated list of closings, visit our news partner, News 10NBC, at http://www.whec.com/article/11769/.
UPDATED AT 5 P.M.: Heavy snow continues to fall and another 4-to-6 inches is expected to fall Tuesday evening, according to Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero. Wind is also expected to increase, which may cause visibility issues.
Due to hazardous conditions, Povero and Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts issued a Travel Advisory within their counties until 10 p.m. Tuesday. Motorists may continue to travel, and as traffic is expected to increase as people leave work and return home, extra caution is urged.
Anyone on the road should beware of hazardous road conditions.
Beginning at 10 p.m. and until 5 a.m. Wednesday, Povero and Virts advise no unnecessary travel on county roads. During this time, snow is expected to be falling and highway crews will be off the highway or operating with reduced forces, to enable crews to get some rest. Motorists who decide to travel then need to be extra cautious, considering changing weather and highway conditions they will encounter.
Ontario County 911 reported 30 highway related mishaps in the county since midnight. This includes 13 reports of cars in a ditch, 2 rollover crashes, 4 crashes with injuries (all minor) and 11 property damage-only crashes. The crashes have taken place in all areas of the county.
Extra sheriff patrols are on duty and will continue to monitor highway conditions and respond to calls for service as needed. Povero reminds motorists to use caution around snowplows and allow plows space to work on roads.
RTS this afternoon announced a change in bus schedules as a result of the storm. The Route 5x Express 4 p.m. trip from Eastview Mall to Geneva was the last run of the day for that service. The 5 p.m. trip from Geneva and the 6 p.m. trip from Eastview Mall have been canceled.
The snow will continue and wind is expected to increase as the day goes on. Blowing snow will cause reduced visibility and may create more difficult driving conditions.
Anyone needing help during the snow event can call 911 for assistance.
All schools in the county, except Red Jacket School (Shortsville-Manchester), closed for the day, and this has reduced traffic in the county. The Red Jacket Schools will be closing at 11 am. Extra sheriff patrols are on duty, and they will continue to monitor highway conditions and respond to calls for service as needed.
The storm forecast is for growing intensity throughout the day with total accumulations of 4-8 inches of snow today and an additional 3-6 inches tonight.
For an updated list of closings, visit our news partner, News 10NBC, at http://www.whec.com/article/11769/.
*** REPORTS FROM ELSEWHERE IN THE STATE, NATION ***
UPDATE AT 8:45 A.M.: Nearly 100,000 customers are without power in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast, as a late-winter storm brings a mix of snow and sleet with strong winds.
Dominion Power reports more than 50,000 customers in the dark in Virginia on Tuesday morning, with more than 40,000 of those outages in the Richmond area.
Maryland officials report about 30,000 outages. Thousands more were reported in Delaware, New Jersey and around Philadelphia.
Blizzard warnings have been issued for parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont.
The storm is expected to dump 12 to 18 inches of snow along a large swath of the region. Parts of New England could see snow totals of 18 inches to 2 ½ feet.
UPDATE AT 8:15 A.M.: U.S. airlines have scrapped about 5,400 flights Tuesday as a late-winter storm dumps snow on some of the nation's busiest airports.
Southwest Airlines, which carries more domestic passengers than any other airline, doesn't expect to operate any flights Tuesday at 14 airports stretching from Washington to Portland, Maine. Southwest cancelled about 900 flights, while American Airlines, JetBlue Airways and United Airlines each cancelled more than 500.
Tracking service FlightAware.com says Tuesday's cancellations bring the total for the week to around 7,740 flights. An additional 650 flights have been cancelled for Wednesday, a number that FlightAware expects to rise as the airlines scramble to resume operations.
UPDATE AT 7:30 A.M.: A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain is delaying school and work in Washington.
Officials are urging people to stay off the roads Tuesday while crews clear them. While many surrounding counties called off classes, District of Columbia Public Schools are opening two hours late. Federal workers are reporting three hours late and city government offices are opening two hours late.
President Donald Trump tweeted a photo of his Monday evening meeting with Mayor Muriel Bowser and Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld to discuss storm preparations. In a statement, Bowser expressed pride in the agencies and employees working to keep residents safe.
Metrorail is running on a Saturday schedule. Metrobus started the day on a "severe" snow service plan, but it's now moving to a "moderate" plan.
UPDATE AT 7:15 A.M.: Attorney generals in New York and Pennsylvania have issued a warning about price-gouging during the snowstorm.
Eric Schneiderman in New York says consumers should contact his office about "excessive increases" in the price of goods and services. Examples include food, water, gas, generators, hotels and transportation.
The price-gouging law also could apply to snow removal and equipment, salt and contractor services for storm-related damage.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro also alerted consumers and businesses about potential scams, urging people to report any "suspicious activity" about home repairs, snow plowing, government assistance programs and fraudulent disaster-related fundraising to his office's Bureau of Consumer Protection.
UPDATE AT 7 A.M.: Hundreds of school districts from Buffalo to New York City have cancelled classes and authorities are advising people to stay off the roads as a nor'easter starts to pummel the Northeast.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency Tuesday for all of New York's 62 counties, including New York City's five boroughs. The Democrat also directed non-essential state employees to stay home from work.
The National Weather Service says the storm will drop more than a foot of snow across much of the upstate region, with some areas getting up to 18 inches and higher elevations in the lower Hudson Valley expected to get 2 feet or more.
Blizzard warnings have been issued for much of the region south of Albany, where high winds could produce whiteout conditions
UPDATE AT 6:30 A.M.: The National Weather Service says the dividing line between snow and a wintry mix from a nor'easter pushing through the southern New Jersey-Pennsylvania region has moved farther inland, cutting down the anticipated snow accumulation, but increasing the chance of icing.
NWS Meteorologist Sarah Johnson, in Mount Holly, New Jersey, says the dividing line between snow and a mix of snow, sleet and rain has pushed west, from the Jersey coast into Philadelphia. She says that lowers anticipated snow totals, but increases the threat of icing from sleet and freezing rain along the Interstate 95 corridor.
While the snow totals might be lower, Johnson warns that New Jersey shore areas can still expect strong winds, with gusts between 50 and 55 mph. The I-95 corridor could get wind gusts of up to 40 mph.
UPDATE AT 6 A.M.: Rain, sleet and snow are sweeping across New Jersey as a late-winter storm slows the morning commute.
State government offices are closed Tuesday and non-essential employees were told to stay home after Republican Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency. Many schools are closed.
Plows are on the highways and the speed limit is restricted to 45 mph on the Garden State Parkway between Cape May and Brick Township.
NJ Transit has suspended bus service and all trains, except for the Atlantic City Rail Line, are operating on a weekend schedule.
A blizzard warning is in effect, basically north of Interstate 195. Forecasters say 18 to 24 inches of snow are possible. A winter storm warning covers other portions of the state, save for coastal south Jersey.
UPDATE AT 4 A.M.: A late-season snowstorm has prompted the U.S. Office of Personnel Management to allow a 3-hour delayed arrival for non-emergency employees at federal offices in and around the nation's capital.
OPM also announced early Tuesday that non-emergency federal employees also have the option to take unscheduled leave or to conduct unscheduled telework.
For those non-emergency workers headed to offices, the agency told them on its website that they "should plan to arrive for work no more than three hours later than they would be expected to arrive."
The agency added that emergency federal employees in the Washington, D.C., area are expected to report on time unless otherwise directed by their agencies. Emergency and telework-ready employees should follow their agency's policies, the office added.
UPDATE AT 2:35 A.M.: A winter storm expected to dump several inches of snow on Delaware made an impact even before it arrived: Delaware lawmakers decided to scrap plans to reconvene a key budget committee hearing Tuesday after a weekslong break.
In Newark, Delaware, authorities declared a snow emergency effective early Tuesday, ordering residents and businesses on snow emergency routes to remove all vehicles from the street to avoid being towed. The city also announced a two-hour delayed opening for city offices.
Forecasters expect between 8 and 12 inches of snow in some areas of Delaware, while areas near the Atlantic seaboard faced a threat of coastal flooding.
UPDATE AT 2 A.M.: The snow threat in the Northeast is causing college basketball teams to alter their travel plans.
Teams chasing a college basketball title are contending with an unexpected wrinkle that's making last-minute travel plans difficult — a fierce storm bearing down on the Northeast that could dump up to two feet of snow in some places.
"We are closely tracking the weather and working with our travel partners and teams in the tournament to ensure the safety of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, officials and fans," the NCAA said in a statement.
Villanova, top overall seed in the men's NCAA Tournament, left Philadelphia on Monday afternoon for Buffalo, New York, to get ahead of the storm.
There is less of a chance that the women's tournament would be affected. UConn is the only Northeast team hosting and they play Saturday, giving teams more time to arrive in Connecticut.
U.S. airlines canceled thousands of flights ahead of the storm. Teams in the men's and women's NCAA Tournaments have chartered flights so any backlog on commercial planes shouldn't be a problem.