The major winter storm hitting central New York has Utica under a snow emergency.

The Snow Emergency will be in effect beginning at 10pm Sunday. You're being asked to avoid non-essential travel and removed cars from the road. There will be no overnight parking to give plows room to clear the streets.

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente issued a travel advisory. "The travel advisory will remain in effect until conditions improve," Picente shared on Facebook.

Lewis County is also under a travel advisory.

The village of Yorkville, Herkimer and Cooperstown are also under snow emergencies. There are parking restrictions in Richfield Springs.

The National Weather Service is predicting up 12 to 16 inches of snow in central New York, with up to 20 inches possible in some areas. A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until Monday night.

Schools started cancelling Monday classes Sunday afternoon as the storm moved into the area.

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