Thursday's storm leads to dozens of accidents

By Erika Mahoney

February 14, 2014 Updated Feb 14, 2014 at 7:17 PM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) Broome County Sheriff David Harder said deputies responded to more than 30 accidents Thursday.

Two snowstorms in two weeks is disrupting travel throughout the northeast and in Broome County.

Broome County Sheriff David Harder said most of the accidents were fender-benders. Still, he said it's a hassle to get into an accident, and it's typically avoidable.

"Drivers stay home if you can," Harder said. "If you have to go out, make sure you take your cell phone with you, drive very carefully, make sure you give yourself enough time to get there."

Harder said if you get into an emergency, the best thing to do is stay in your car and call 911. It's dangerous to get out of the vehicle.

While Thursday's storm only left several inches on the ground, it added to the piles of snow from last week's storm.

The mounds of snow and ice can impact a driver's visibility. Plus, the leftover snow is still covering highway exits and back roads in some parts of the county.

"The travel has been faster than I thought, but it's been very slushy, snowy, rainy, all sorts of bad conditions," Daniel Pearce from Brielle, N.J.

He and his wife and daughter traveled Thursday from New Jersey to Greek Peak Ski Resort. They said the highways weren't too bad, but the exits were.

College student Alex Ciopyk left Long Island Thursday to head home near Syracuse. He said he left in the brunt of the storm to get out.

"Long Island got hit pretty badly this morning, it took me about 45 minutes to shovel my car out of the parking spot," Ciopyk said. "Once you get on the major highways though, the roads are plowed. Going through Pennsylvania there weren't any problems at all."

Still, Harder said if possible, it's always best to stay home, and off the roads during snowstorms like these.