Miles of Interstate 90 in Central New York Closed Over Car Accidents, Snowy Weather

January 19, 2016 Updated: January 19, 2016
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SYRACUSE, N.Y.  — Lake-effect snowstorms are creating whiteout conditions that have closed a 15-mile stretch of the New York State Thruway just west of Syracuse.

The Thruway Authority says Interstate 90 is closed in both directions Tuesday afternoon between Exit 39 and Exit 40. The agency says there are multiple accidents along that section of the highway due to severe weather.

Hazardous driving conditions from Lake Ontario storms forced the closures of dozens of schools in centralNew York, including the Syracuse city district, giving students an extra day off after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Lake-effect storms have dumped up to nearly 20 inches of snow over the past two days in areas east of Lake Erie, with some schools in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties south of Buffalo calling off classes.