Massive snow storm brings Broome County to a freeze

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Tire spinning, buried cars and treacherous driving conditions called for an early end to the workday that hardly even began.

Broome County has received over 22 inches of snow, causing County Executive Jason Garnar to declare a state of emergency.

"What I encourage everyone in Broome County to do is stay put, stay home, stay off the roads and stay safe. That's the best advice we can give out as we get through this storm," said Garnar.

Many drivers opted to stay off the roads with emergency vehicles being the exception.

But those that did try to commute, including this tractor trailer, didn't have much luck.

Never mind cars; some residents barely made it outside their door.

"There's no place to put it. It's hard to even get down the steps to the garage to get to the snowblower. I haven't seen snow like this since the beginning of the '90s," said Endicott Resident Bonnie Harvey.

Comparisons to the blizzard of '93 were out in full force just like the snow, but Warning Coordination Meteorologist Dave Nicosia says that storm was much bigger in scope.

The snow started just after 3 a.m. Thursday morning as it continues to unload on our area.

In February 1961, we broke the record for most snowfall in a 24-hour span at 22 inches.

Nicosia says that record may be shattered.

"We are approaching that. We might break it. We have had reports around the area of up to 2 feet of snow. We still have a little ways to go yet," he said.

And it's only day one.

"We're going to get moisture from the storm and Lake Ontario combining to continue the snow tonight into tomorrow. It's not going to be as heavy as what we saw today as far as accumulation, but there will be a ton of blowing and drifting snow," he said.

The snow did bring out some winter-weather warriors, like this couple who made State Street a part of their skiing course.

The snow has been falling consistently at 4 inches per hour. 

This has local DPW officials springing into action. 

With spring coming up in a few weeks, most residents think we're still stuck in the dead of winter.   


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