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Syracuse plows braced for snow ahead of winter weather advisory

Cars covered in snow line the outside of a building.
Chris Bolt
Snow blankets the grounds and covers vehicles parked outside Syracuse City Hall in this undated photo.

A winter weather advisory is in effect through 7 a.m. Wednesday for the Syracuse area, and the National Weather Service is also predictingon and off snow throughout the week.

The projected tallies are minimal so far, but the city's Department of PublicWorks is planning ahead for the winter season.

Commissioner Jeremy Robinson said it has new technology to help snowplow operators better clear the roads, but the department still needs more seasoned drivers.

“It's just people—we gotta get experience quick," Robinson said. "Because this little dusting is just going to turn into a couple of inches and a couple of inches turn into a couple of feet, and if we get hit like Buffalo’s getting hit, we need to be prepared, and some of our drivers need to get experienced quickly."

He said the department is recruiting more staff as they’re down about eight to 10 drivers. They’re also looking for mechanic, he said.

Robinson said the public can help plows clear the roads by keeping cars out of no parking zones.

Max Gifford is an undergraduate student studying Broadcast & Digital Journalism at Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, expected to graduate in May 2026. Max serves WAER as a field researcher, social media manager, and web writer. Max helps cover community meetings and events for WAER, and additionally manages the social media and web assets for WAER to post content online. Max is proud to call St. Louis, Missouri home and can recite the entire script to the Pixar movie "Cars."