PLATTSBURGH — Whiteouts, heavy drifts and continued snow from Winter Storm Vulcan shut down most schools Thursday, including the SUNY Plattsburgh campus.
By afternoon, sun glittered on the new snow, but travel remained hazardous as stretches of pavement gave way to frequent areas of drifted roadway.
Some motorists came to grief on those spots, including one at about 7:30 p.m. on Route 9 approaching the Route 11 intersection in Champlain.
The vehicle had hit a drift and careened into deep snow off the road. No information was available Thursday evening on whether any injuries resulted.
The day broke to bitter winds that overnight had swept a foot or more of snow into an uneven landscape of high drifts and almost bare ground around the North Country.
Several vehicles had skidded off the road Wednesday night around Clinton County, Clinton County Emergency Services Director Eric Day said.
That included a few tractor-trailers that slid off Interstate 87 during the dark hours, he said, and one remained buried in the highway median in the Town of Beekmantown on Thursday morning.
“I don’t think there were any injuries from it,” he said. “(But) they couldn’t do anything with it last night.
He expected a stretch of the Northway would be closed as they hauled out the truck.
“It’s crummy,” Day described the morning’s situation with a wry chuckle.
“I would say conditions are not the greatest, by any means. The roads are probably generally passable, but the wind is blowing just as strong now as it was in the night.”
And though plow crews worked diligently through the night, Day said, it didn’t take long for drifts to take over the same stretches of roadway again.
Winds delivered below-zero chills, steady with strong gusts.
“The flag outside the (Emergency Services) office is out straight,” Day noted.