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  • First major storm of season hits area

  • Mohawk Valley residents put snowblowers, plows and shovels to use Thursday morning as they dug out from a winter storm that dumped nearly a foot of snow on the area.

    The first major winter storm of the season moved in Wednesday evening and continued through the night.

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  • Mohawk Valley residents put snowblowers, plows and shovels to use Thursday morning as they dug out from a winter storm that dumped nearly a foot of snow on the area.
    The first major winter storm of the season moved in Wednesday evening and continued through the night.
    There was plenty of warning about the storm and several local villages announced snow emergencies Wednesday evening. In the village of Frankfort, all cars were to be off village streets by 10 p.m., while in Herkimer and Ilion, the deadline was set at 11 p.m. to allow village crews to clear the streets. In the city of Little Falls, the parking ban went into effect Wednesday night due to the storm.
    Local snow totals as of Thursday morning, posted on WKTV’s website, ranged from a high of 14 inches in Boonville to a low of six inches in Cooperstown. Individual snow totals listed included seven inches in Little Falls, eight inches in Middleville and Salisbury, 8.5 inches in Frankfort, nine inches in Cold Brook, East Herkimer, Old Forge and Fort Plain, 9.5 inches in Mohawk and 10 inches in Ilion.
    Snow continued to fall throughout the morning, but tapered off by afternoon.
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast snow showers overnight with little accumulation and a chance of snow showers today with accumulation of less than a half-inch of snow.
    According to the National Weather Service, snowfall totals late Thursday morning ranged from 11 inches at Ogdensburg in northern New York to 15 inches in Wales, outside Buffalo.
    The Rochester and Syracuse area also received more than 10 inches from the storm that featured wind gusts of 30 mph when it hit western and central New York Wednesday afternoon.
    The weather service said up to 16 inches could fall in some upstate areas, with 20 inches possible in higher elevations by Thursday evening.
    State police reported multiple accidents on the Thruway system, none of them fatal.
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo activated the State Emergency Operations Center Wednesday at 6 p.m. to monitor the storm and any emergency needs. Representatives from state agencies were present to coordinate storm response efforts, including the state police, Department of Transportation, Thruway Authority, Office of Fire Prevention and Control, Division of Military and Naval Affairs, Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Health.
    Contributing: The Associated Press
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