ROCHESTER (AP) - Nearly 12,000 homes and businesses in western New York were without power after several inches of wet, heavy snow causes tree limbs to fall onto utility lines.
Most of the outages this morning are in the Rochester area, where Rochester Gas and Electric reports more than 6,000 customers without electricity.
The outages began after a storm sweeping in from the Midwest began dumping wet snow across the region Tuesday night.
Village employee Kevin Oddy launches a strike against the forecasted winter storm by plowing and salting the sidewalks in downtown Saranac Lake early this morning.
(Enterprise photo — Shaun Kittle)
The National Weather Service says the snowfall totals range from 7 inches in Chautauqua County in the state's southwest corner to 3 inches along the Lake Ontario shoreline in Oswego County.
Forecasters say western areas of the state will get more snow today, while eastern sections will get mostly rain followed by plunging temperatures and windy conditions.