Winter returned in a big way to Cayuga County Friday after a taste of spring earlier in the week.
A winter storm warning remained in effect for all of central New York until 1 a.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Southern Cayuga County was expected to get an estimated 8 to 12 inches of snowfall between Thursday evening and early Saturday morning. As of 7 a.m. Friday, 7 inches had already fallen, according to the National Weather Service.
Heavy, wet snow and strong, gusty winds as high as 45 mph throughout the day made travel difficult and could result in downed trees and power lines. The Cayuga County Sheriff's Office issued a travel ban Friday morning. All roads in the county were closed "except for essential travel." That ban was lifted around 2:20 p.m. The sheriff still advised drivers to use caution. The sheriff's office did not indicate when the ban would be lifted.
Over in Onondaga County, the County Executive's office issues a travel advisory, warning motorists that hazardous driving conditions may exist.
Many area schools, government agencies and businesses closed Friday due to the weather.
The National Weather Service advised those who needed travel to keep a flashlight and food and water in their vehicles in case of an emergency. Travelers can hear the latest road conditions by calling 511.