Weather closes some local schools

A snowstorm has moved across the region, dropping about 3 inches of snow in the Tri-Lakes area as of this morning.

Keene Central School and North Country Community College have closed due to the conditions. Saranac Lake, Lake Placid and Tupper Lake schools are open and experienced no delays. Paul Smith’s College is also open.

Hundreds of schools across upstate New York are closed, and authorities are advising against any unnecessary travel. Schools from the Finger Lakes to the Adirondacks and the Hudson Valley called off classes today, while a few others are delaying their start by two hours.

Morning commuters are traveling at reduced speeds while navigating snow-covered roads and highways.

Interstate 84 was closed at about 8 a.m., between the Pennsylvania and Connecticut borders to passenger and commercial vehicles. Anyone driving on the road will be ticketed, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced.

“As this winter storm progresses, safety continues to be our top priority,” Cuomo wrote. “The State is closing I-84 as a precaution to protect drivers as this storm moves across the state.”

The National Weather Service is predicting snowfall totals of 6 to 16 inches by the time the storm ends tonight. Eight to 12 inches of snow already has fallen along the Southern Tier between Elmira and Binghamton.