No Unnecessary Travel Advisory in Much Of North Country
North county law enforcement officials are urging people to stay off the roads.
Heavy snow and wind are making for whiteout conditions throughout the north country.
Road conditions have been deteriorating throughout the day as plows have had a tough time keeping up with the snow.
Jefferson and Lewis county sheriff's departments both issued a "no unnecessary travel" advisory until further notice.
In St. Lawrence County, Sheriff Kevin Wells advised drivers to take their time and allow for greater stopping distances.
Officials say motorists should be extra careful in regards to highway crews who are out trying to keep roadways clear.
As for weather advisories and warnings, Jefferson and Lewis counties have a winter storm warning in effect until 4 a.m. Saturday.
A wind advisory is in effect until 5 p.m. Friday for both counties.
St. Lawrence County has a winter storm warning in effect until midnight.
Shown above is a fairly minor accident that happened earlier today on Route 81 near Adams. No details are known.
Shown here is a photo of what conditions were like on Route 81 at the time.
Another accident Friday morning involved two vehicles on State Street hill on Route 126.
The highway was closed for a time between County Route 161 and the Weaver Road.
Officials said a driver traveling down the hill passed two cars during whiteout conditions and struck an oncoming vehicle head-on.
Two people in the downhill vehicle were sent to Samaritan Medical Center while one person in the other car was taken to SMC.
Authorities say there were no life-threatening injuries.
Westerly winds gusting to 35 mph will add to deteriorating conditions by causing occasional whiteouts.
Untreated roads are expected to be very slick from the coating of ice and snow.
Shown here is an image from the town of Champion near Route 126 and County Route 47,
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Thursday, April 17, 2014, Watertown, NY
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