The season’s first true blanket of snow is covering the greater Utica region after people woke up this morning to flying flakes.
There haven't been any reports of heavy snowfall in the roadways, but the roads could still be slippery on your ride home.
This snowfall didn't stop people from taking their morning walks or from commuting to work on foot, however. We spoke with two long-time Utica residents who say they're prepared for the familiar routine of shoveling, winter coats and chilly temperatures that are sure to continue over the next few months.
“Pretty much, like the weather, it's just changing,” said Utica resident Shawnte Brown. “I feel like since last year, when we got hit with all that snow, I feel like now it's coming back again, but now early."
"Well, when you look at it, it looks pretty,” said Utica resident Marianne Brooks. “I'm not a huge … I prefer the sunshine and the warm weather first, but if you try to get into your mind, like, 'Oh, it’s not that bad, at least it's not windy out,’ I'm able to get out and walk.”
Though many seasonal roads in the area don't officially close until December first, officials say they will not be plowed or maintained in the event of a heavy snowfall, so drivers should take another route.
As the snow season continues, remember to check in with NEWSChannel 2 at Sunrise for school and road closings, which will also be posted on WKTV.com.