First storm of the year hits Chenango

CHENANGO COUNTY – With reports of yesterday's snowfall totals in the eight to 14 inch range in the outlying areas of the county, some residents were struggling with their daily commute Friday morning. Winter Storm Hercules' large band of precipitation joining forces with a blast of arctic air made traveling especially dangerous Thursday.

The mixture of sub zero temperatures and sustained winds while the snow was falling made for a sandy, granular type of snow that is easily blown around by the frigid winds that swept through the area Thursday night. Winds only look to increase throughout the day Friday.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo went so far as to declare a state of emergency Thursday afternoon amid the speculation of the storm's severity. In addition, he shut down a portion of Interstate 87 from New York City to Albany.

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