Route 11 south of Adams, NY, on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019.

WATERTOWN, NY (news release) — Chairman Scott Gray of the Jefferson County Board of Legislature has declared a State of Emergency for Jefferson County due to heavy snowfall and blizzard conditions.

Currently many roadways in Jefferson County are impassable due to snow and numerous accidents are making the roads impassable for vehicles and snowplows.

Currently, motorist are requested to stay off of all roads in Jefferson County to allow emergency responders and snowplows to clear the roadways.

The Jefferson County Sheriff has advised that a STRICT NO UNNECESSARY TRAVEL Advisory has been put in place in the areas where heavy snowfall has occurred or is occurring.

This travel restriction does not apply to Emergency Services and Emergency Personnel.

A winter storm warning remains in effect until 7 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, 2019.

With the winter storm warning, a wind chill advisory remains in effect. Heaviest snows will persist in lake effect areas.

Not all parts of the county will receive snowfall and may even see sunshine and clear skies but due to wind conditions, white outs and blizzard conditions are likely to continue.

Residents are urged to stay indoors and avoid all unnecessary travel.

For the purpose of monitoring this event, The Jefferson County Office of Emergency Management has opened the Emergency Operations Center.

Conditions will be monitored and the travel advisory will be lifted as conditions improve.