Heavy, wet snow is causing slushy driving conditions and headaches for local power companies.

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New York State Electric and Gas early January 4 reported several hundred West Side, Binghamton residents without power as well as power out in Johnson City, Vestal and Conklin.  The restoration estimates for over 1,000 NYSEG customers in Broome County were being put at around 7:15 to 7:45 in the morning. Over 2,000 customers in Delaware and a few hundred in Chenango County also were without power to start the first week of the new year.

A branch and wire were reported down on Prospect Street near Lorraine shortly before 4 a.m. in the City of Binghamton.

PenElec in the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania also reported scattered power outages in Susquehanna and Bradford Counties.

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Several schools in outlying districts that were not on flex or remote schedules were reporting two hour delays

With on and off snow over the weekend, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation was busy putting out advisories concerning road closures in Susquehanna, Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties in the Northern Tier. Those crashes have all been cleared up but PennDOT said there would be a detour on State Route 29 in Susquehanna County North of Montrose due to low hanging electrical wires.

A detour starts at the traffic signal on the east side of Montrose where trucks will be directed onto State Route 167/706, continuing two miles on 706 before a turn onto State Route 11 and then onto State Route 1035.  The route winds onto Route 1033 into New York State onto Route 7A then turning back into Pennsylvania on Route 29.

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