Winter in October: Nine inches of snow in Syracuse, N.Y.
Parts of central New York have received an early taste of winter with up to 9 inches of snow, which created difficult travel conditions.
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Parts of central New York have received an early taste of winter after some areas received up to 9 inches of snow over the weekend, causing numerous accidents in the Syracuse area.
The highest snow totals Sunday were in the neighboring Oswego County towns of Mexico and Parish, 25 miles north of Syracuse.
Police say Sunday's icy conditions caused more than 50 accidents in Syracuse, including a pre-dawn crash on Interstate 81 involving 11 vehicles. Officials say a man was pinned underneath one of the vehicles. He suffered serious head injuries and is listed in critical condition at a Syracuse hospital.
The accidents closed stretches of I-81 for hours, including a section north of Syracuse.
The temperature plunged to 10 degrees early Monday morning in Saranac Lake in the Adirondacks.
Forecasters say temperatures should rise in upstate New York, with Syracuse hitting a high of 53 Monday and 61 on Tuesday.
"After the chilly, December-like feel of this weekend, highs that are 5-10 degrees above average will feel even warmer," AccuWeather Meteorologist Becky Elliot said.
Most of this warmth will also be accompanied by sunshine and dry weather. However a weak cold front diving down from Canada will bring some showers to parts of Michigan and northern New England on Tuesday and Wednesday.