Interstate 81 was closed in both the northbound and southbound directions at exits 14 and 15 early this afternoon.  A series of crashes involving tractor-trailers and cars were caused by a lake effect snowstorm. The highway was shut down between Lafayette and Tully.

As of 12:50 p.m., one SOUTHBOUND lane was open to traffic but all NORTHBOUND lanes remained closed.

Police and emergency personnel were on the scene. At least one person was reported injured.

Tune to News Radio 1290 WNBF for additional information throughout the afternoon.

Updated by Bob Joseph.

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