By James Hilepo SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — Central New York faced the beginning of its first winter storm of the season on Monday. The National Weather Service issued a warning, alerting residents that the intensity of the snowfall and the drop in temperature would steadily increase as the night continued.
Syracuse Hancock International Airport and Buffalo Niagara International Airport were forced to delay or cancel some planned flights due to the inclement weather, which started in the early afternoon.
The National Weather Service predicted snowfall accumulation in Syracuse of up to seven inches, with counties along Lake Ontario expected to receive a foot or more.
The dropping temperatures and mixture of snow, rain, and ice led to worsened travel conditions, as locals were advised to stay off roads and sidewalks until clear.
Though neither the National Weather Service nor the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) give names to winter storms, the storm has been colloquially named Winter Storm Caleb.