In New York, few accidents and variable snow

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CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Traffic was relatively clear during the day Monday as most motorists heeded the warnings of the National Weather Service in Albany and stayed off area roadways in the aftermath of the first major snow of the season. Municipal plows took to clearing a foot or more of snow from roads in towns and villages across southern Washington and eastern Rensselaer Counties throughout the day, while winter weather advisories remained in effect until 7 a.m. today.

Local, state police, and sheriff’s offices from Washington and Rensselaer Counties reported no major accidents due to the adverse conditions, but New York State Police Troop G Spokeswoman Maureen Tuffey said that state police had responded to a large number of "minor offs," with vehicles impacting snowbanks, guardrails, and sign posts across the area. Representatives from the Hoosick Falls Village Police and Cambridge-Greenwich Police Departments reported little activity in their respective municipalities.

New York snowfall totals fell off precipitously north and west of the Hudson River valley, according to a meteorologist from the National Weather Service in Albany. That representative said that the nor’easter resulted in "highly variable" snowfall totals in the area, citing a "huge disparity" in snowfall amounts between the northern and southern ends of Washington County.

With a myriad of public works departments responsible for snow removal on local, county, and state roadways, Cambridge Deputy Mayor Steve Robertson said that from what he had seen, the village department was "doing pretty well."

"The sidewalks are cleared, the Department of Public Works is out, and the roads are passable," Robertson said. He said that the village department was down a one-ton truck but sufficed with two dump trucks, a bucket loader, and sidewalk plow.

On the typical snow day, Robertson said that Cambridge Highway Superintendent Mike Telford will "let the storm ride" until 2 or 3 a.m., before alerting his crew. Robertson said that he heard plows at 5 a.m., but allowed for the fact that he is a sound sleeper.

Cambridge area children, off from school over winter break, pulled sleds along Main Street and enjoyed the fresh banked snow. The Willard Mountain ski area in Easton reported 12 to 14 inches of new snow had fallen on their trails overnight, and the slopes are expected to be open for limited hours over the course of the week, after opening late on Monday due to high winds and unsafe conditions.

A winter weather advisory from the National Weather Service was released in the early afternoon hours on Monday and remained in effect until 7 a.m. today, extending across Washington and Rensselaer Counties, due to strong northwest winds persisting overnight and gusting up to 40 miles per hour.

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