Residents in communities near Lake Ontario were advised to avoid driving on local roads so that crew could remove the snow, which caused crashes and stranded vehicles north of Syracuse.
Lake effect storm warnings remain in effect this afternoon from east of Cleveland, Ohio, to Erie and to Fulton, New York.
Officials in the nearby city of Oswego, buried under 3 feet of snow, are also asking drivers to stay off the roads Wednesday.
Snowfall forecasts over the next 48 hours are for an additional foot of snow in western Pennsylvania and NY. In Erie, Pa., the storm dumped almost 5 feet of snow in just two days.
An additional 2 to 4 inches of snow is likely in western NY and Pennsylvania today, which will bring snow totals to 4 to 6 feet in some areas.
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Wind chills this morning fell to minus 1 degree in New York City, minus 13 degrees in Boston and minus 35 degrees in Saranac Lake, New York.
Wind chills will go as low as -10 through early today.
Meanwhile, a wind chill advisory is in effect for much of the Buckeye State through this morning.
Revelers looking ahead to New Year's Eve could be in store for the coldest ball drop since 1962 in Times Square.
- Cold weather remains through the weekend into next week. Wind chill values could range from 15 to at times 20 below zero in these areas.
Overnight lows for the next several days will be in the single or double digits below zero with daytime highs struggling to get above zero.