Snow Closes Binghamton-Area Schools, Knocks Out Electricity
Residents across upstate New York and northern Pennsylvania received a preview of winter weather as a storm dumped several inches of snow across the region.
Snow, sleet and freezing rain combined to cause dozens of vehicle crashes in the Binghamton area. Traffic was slowed on highways and secondary roads because of slippery conditions.
The snow started falling in Broome County late Thursday morning and continue into Friday afternoon. There were a few lulls during the storm giving drivers and pedestrians brief breaks.
Most schools canceled Friday classes. Businesses generally were open as usual, although some office employees chose to work remotely rather than contend with potentially-hazardous roads.
Heavy wet snow and winds from the storm caused disruptions in electricity, cable television and internet service across the region.
NYSEG reported nearly 2,700 customers in upstate New York were without power early Friday afternoon. Outages affected about 200 customers in Broome County, 1,260 customers in Tioga County, 270 customers in Cortland County and 230 customers in Chenango County.
BC Transit buses remained in operation during the storm, although some changes in service were made.
By 1 p.m. Friday, the National Weather Service office at Greater Binghamton Airport reported receiving 8.7 inches of snow. Some sections of Broome and Tioga counties wound up with only a few inches from the storm.
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