By ANDREA VanVALKENBURG
---- — PLATTSBURGH — The latest snowy blast from Mother Nature left many area drivers struggling to stay on the road Monday.
Police and emergency responders were out in full force through the day as more than a dozen driving-related mishaps were reported in Clinton County alone.
The fresh powder left several drivers off the road, including a 72-year-old woman who was shaken but uninjured when her SUV veered off Harkness Road in Keeseville and into a fence.
Fortunately, no students were injured when a school bus slid across Slosson Road in West Chazy, but the mishap led to a temporary closure of the roadway while firefighters and police accessed the situation.
A loaded tractor-trailer backed up traffic on Route 374 around 1:45 p.m. when the rig was unable to climb steep and slippery Dannemora Mountain.
At least three people were injured in Beekmantown when two cars collided at the intersection of Spellman and Moffitt roads, while another driver was hurt on nearby Route 9, where a car skidded into a tree.
In Franklin County, only three property-damage accidents had been reported as of 4 p.m., and Essex County Fire Control reported only a few minor accidents scattered across the southern region.
The National Weather Service in Burlington issued a winter-weather advisory for much of the tri-county area through this morning.
Forecaster John Goff expected much of the region would see 3 to 6 inches before the snow tapered off.
Conditions were expected to improve today as temperatures climb into the 30s and a light morning drizzle subsides.
“It’ll feel pretty mild out there,” Goff said of the warmer conditions.
The latest storm prompted many officials, including those with the New York State Department of Transportation, to remind drivers to stay safe during treacherous winter travel.
DOT urged drivers to plan trips in advance, leave early and drive below posted speed limits during any storm.
Drivers are also advised to never follow snowplows too closely or attempt to pass one and to always maintain a safe distance from other vehicles.
Keeping a cell phone and emergency supplies, including sand, shovels, flares, booster cables, flashlights and blankets, inside vehicles is also recommended in case there’s an accident.