Thousands of students in central New York are getting their first snow day of the winter as lake-effect storms continue to dump snow across a wide swath of the region.
Classes are canceled Wednesday for public and private schools in Syracuse. Dozens of other schools outside the city and in other parts of central New York are also closed as storms blowing off Lake Ontario are causing whiteout conditions in some areas.
The storms are expected to drop up to a foot of snow from the Syracuse area north to the Watertown area.
The National Weather Service says lake-effect storms will last through Thursday in some areas east of Lake Ontario, where about 3 feet of snow have already fallen in the Tug Hill area since Monday.