November 30, 2021

Midday storm causes several accidents in area

Kevin Conlon/city editor

After a crash Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 81 northbound in Homer, a tractor came to rest next to the trailer it was pulling.

Several accidents were reported Tuesday across Cortland County as quick midday snow storm led to snowy, sloppy roads, but details on injuries were unavailable, Cortland County dispatchers reported.

Seven accidents were reported between noon and 3 p.m. Most were minor property damage accidents when cars went off the road, dispatchers said. Details on injuries were unavailable.

A northbound tractor-trailer on Interstate 81 about 2 miles north of Exit 12 in Homer crashed about 1:45 p.m. into the guardrails along the west side of the passing lane.

A section of the guardrail was torn off by the impact and came to rest in the passing lane. The tractor was twisted in the crash and came to rest alongside the trailer. No injuries were reported.

The left lane of the road was closed as of 3 p.m., according to state police who responded to the accident along the state Department of Transportation and a tow company. Police noted on their Facebook page that roads were slippery in the afternoon.

Snow fell at approximately an inch per hour with an expected amount throughout the county of 3 to 5 inches, said Jake Chalupsky, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Binghamton.

The snow was caused by a low pressure system moving from northwestern Pennsylvania into western and Central New York, he said.

The snow came in two waves, first building up around 10 a.m. before dying down across the county and picking up again around 12:30 p.m.

Scattered snow showers were expected through Tuesday night.

Lt. Garry Williams of the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday afternoon the office had responded to only one accident, a vehicle going into a ditch off Route 392 and Parker Street in Virgil, though that was related to distracted driving. No injuries were reported.

Still the sheriff’s office issued a travel advisory Tuesday afternoon until 8 a.m. today as snow and potentially freezing rain could make traveling difficult.

Chalupsky said that a chance of snow remains daily for the rest of the week. The temperature, though, won’t be getting any higher.

“It’s going to keep getting chillier and chillier,” he said.

The high temperature today was expected to be in the mid-20s with the low tonight in the teens, Chalupsky said. Thursday’s high will be in the mid-teens with the low Thursday night in the single digits.

Chalupsky credits this to winds coming in from Canada, so expect highs in the teens Friday and Saturday with lows in the single digits before warming again Sunday and Monday.

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City Editor Kevin Conlon contributed to this report.