SUNY Cortland: Use caution if traveling Sunday

CORTLAND, N.Y. — SUNY Cortland is advising students and their families to use caution when driving to campus Sunday after a major snowstorm wreaked havoc on the East Coast.

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SUNY Cortland President Erik Bitterbaum sent a letter to students and families asking them to use their discretion when deciding whether or not to travel Sunday. Most students are scheduled to start classes on Monday.

"Any students who feel it is dangerous to travel should email their professors to make them aware of the situation," President Bitterbaum told students.

As expected, this weekend's epic winter storm stopped short of central New York but left a foot of snow on parts of northeastern Pennsylvania, according to the National Weather Service.

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Photo: National Weather Service in Binghamton/Facebook

In Long Island, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told residents that the city's railway system may not be ready in time for the Monday morning commute. Crews with the New York State Department of Transportation have been digging out roughly two feet of snow today.

Parts of the Washington, D.C. area were hit with anywhere between 10 to 35 inches of snow by Sunday afternoon. In Virginia, the storm has claimed four lives, according to Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Here's the full letter from President Bitterbaum:

Dear students,

SUNY Cortland is aware that this weekend’s snow storm has affected many of our students. We urge students and families who plan to travel to campus today to use caution and discretion. Any students who feel it is dangerous to travel should email their professors to make them aware of the situation. Their contact information is available through the directory on the campus website: The first day of classes is important, but not more important than your safety. That is our top concern.
Again, please use care and caution and arrive safely for your spring semester.

All the best,

Erik J. Bitterbaum
SUNY Cortland President

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A sunset over the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex Saturday evening (Photo: SUNY Cortland/Instagram)

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