Snowy Weather Closes NY Schools, Thruway

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -

Lake effect snowstorms on Tuesday created whiteout conditions that closed a 15-mile stretch of the Thruway between Exit 39 and Exit 40 after multiple accidents along that section of the highway were reported.

Lake effect storms have dumped up to nearly 20 inches of snow over the past two days in areas east of Lake Erie, with some schools in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties, south of Buffalo, calling off classes.

This comes as meteorologists warn that the entire East Coast could be walloped by an end-of-the-week snowstorm. The big questions are where and how much.

AccuWeather is predicting a potent mix of heavy snow and howling winds for the East Coast on Friday and Saturday, potentially closing roads and schools, canceling flights and causing power outages.

“There’s going to be a big storm. Somebody’s going to get walloped,” said Victor Gensini, a meteorology professor at College of DuPage outside of Chicago, which should be spared. “It does look like it’s going to be a doozy.”