Roads could get icy in Central NY today as arctic blast arrives

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An blast of arctic air is likely to arrive in Central New York around lunchtime, causing icy roads and treacherous travel.

“Temperatures will rapidly plummet and quickly drop into the teens and even some single digits by sunset,” the National Weather Service said. “This will create hazardous road conditions, since any lingering moisture from this morning`s rainfall, combined with falling snow, will result in a flash freeze.”

There’s likely to be a break in the rain this morning, the weather service said, which could help dry out roads and minimize icing later in the day.

The weather service is predicting just an inch or two of snow today, but it could come just as roads are starting to freeze up. With wind gusts up to 40 mph, blowing snow could also reduce visibility.

School districts and Onondaga County have announced closures today, and County Executive Ryan McMahon has issued a travel advisory through 7 a.m. Saturday.

Winds have gusted to more than 50 mph in some parts of Upstate New York this morning. Utilities report that several thousand people are without electricity in dozens of scattered power outages.

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