The first large winter storm of the season is effectively shutting down most operations in the Twin Tiers.

States of Emergency are in effect at least in Broome and Chenango Counties and non-essential travel is banned until further notice.

Most area school districts made the decision December 16 to close or go to remote learning at least for December 17. A link to the school closing list in partner with 12 News WBNG can be found in a drop-down window at the top of the homepage under 'weather'.

Raymond Corporation in Greene has called off First Shift.

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Broome County Executive Jason Garnar has ordered County facilities to delay opening at least until 10 a.m. as road crews work to clear the snow.

Johnson City Village offices and the Village Court are closed December 17 due to the weather.

Town of Owego offices are scheduled to open at 10 a.m. December 17.

All BC Transit bus services are suspended due to the winter storm.  Bus service will resume when given clearance by Broome County Government Officials.  This included all BC Transit Fixed Route Service, BC Lift, BC Country, and the OFA Minibus.

In Binghamton and Johnson City, residents have been advised to remove their vehicles completely from the streets if at all possible and to use free parking in municipal lots. In Binghamton that includes the State and Water Streets parking garages.

Anyone who lives or has a business located near a fire hydrant should clear snow from those devices so they are clearly visible in the event of an emergency.

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In Binghamton, the normal West Side refuse collection is postponed to Friday, December 18.

Programs like Meals on Wheels may not be operating. Residents should expect to use their emergency meal packs.

Anyone expecting to do business or attend an event December 17  should call ahead.

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