Northeast Prepares for Winter Storm Pluto; Cities Scramble to Clear Snow from Recent Storms

Sean Breslin
Published: February 15, 2017

Snow-weary spots in the Northeast and New England are preparing for Winter Storm Pluto, which could bring more school closures and travel problems.

The storm began dumping snow on upstate New York Wednesday morning, and in Cayuga County, a collision forced officials to close Route 20 east of Auburn. According to the Syracuse Post-Standard, three to four vehicles were involved in the wreck that occurred on a snow-covered road, but it was not immediately known if anyone was injured.

A travel advisory was issued for Cayuga County as a response to the crash, the report added.

(MORE: Check the Forecast for Winter Storm Pluto)

In Maine, where more than a foot of new snow was expected in some areas, crews worked to clear piles of snow left behind by recent winter storms. Schools were canceled for the second consecutive day Tuesday in parts of central Maine due to the lingering effects of Winter Storm Orson, according to the Morning Sentinel. Although students were back in school Wednesday, Pluto could close some schools again toward the end of the week.

Superintendents will monitor the storm and decide if cancellations are necessary, but some districts have already exhausted available snow days for the school year, the report added.

"I want kids in school as much as possible, and I don’t want them going until the end of June," Winthrop School District Superintendent Gary Rosenthal told the Morning Sentinel. "But I’m not going to put the kids or our staff members in harm’s way."

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