Snowstorm 2020

The city and county of Oswego issued travel advisories Friday as snow, ice and high winds created travel difficulties in the area. 

OSWEGO — The city and county of Oswego issued travel advisories Friday morning as a regional winter storm dropped a combination of snow and ice across Oswego County Thursday and Friday, and the Port City’s overnight parking ban went into effect Friday evening for the first time in more than a year.

Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow and Oswego County Sheriff Don Hilton both issued travel advisories Friday morning, with the county travel advisory remaining in effect until 6 a.m. Saturday and the city advisory ending at 8 p.m. tonight. Officials recommended no unnecessary travel through the duration of the advisories.

The city’s overnight parking ban goes into effect at 1 a.m. and will remain in place until further notice. The citywide, overnight parking ban prohibits parking on all city streets between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. to allow plows to clear the roadways without obstructions.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a winter storm warning in effect until 6 a.m. Saturday, noting heavy snow and wind gusts as high as 35 mph would be experienced through the eastern Lake Ontario region. Travel could be very difficult to impossible, according to the NWS, which noted blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility.

“The hazardous conditions will greatly impact the evening commute,” the storm warning read, adding widespread accumulating snow and ice would create dangerous travel conditions.

Hilton’s advisory warned there would be periods of low to visibility, and reminded residents to avoid downed power lines and report hazardous conditions to 911.

“We advise that if you do not need to go out please stay home,” Barlow’s release said. “Travel should be for emergencies only.”

The city noted keeping vehicles off roadways would also help plowing efforts and emergency vehicle travel.

Forecasts call for another 6 to 12 inches through the rest of Friday before the snow trails off into Saturday. Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing until Sunday, dropping into single digits Saturday night. 

The following city parking lots are available on a first come, first serve basis for overnight parking:

  • Wright’s Landing Marina lot
  • Breitbeck Park Bell Tower lot
  • Burkle Street parking lot
  • Fort Pool parking lot
  • Lot at West First St and Cayuga Street (along West First Street sidewalk only)
  • Lot on West First Street south of the post office
  • Lot on Bronson Street between Ontario and Dorcas streets (behind Breitbeck baseball field)
  • West Schuyler Street between Governor and Liberty streets (along the fence)

For any questions related to the winter parking ban, call the city Department of Public Works at 315-343-5055

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