Officials in Essex County have declared a local state of emergency due to severe weather conditions.
Chairman Randy Douglas says the declaration was made in light of severe and heavy snowfall, ice, and sleet that have led to unsafe road conditions.
The state of emergency went into effect at 1 a.m. today and is in effect until 9 a.m. Friday, or until weather conditions improve.
Non-essential county employees have been told to stay home from work today.
In Saranac Lake, police Chief Bruce Nason is urging motorists to avoid unnecessary travel.
"If you must travel, please use caution and drive at a reduced speed," he said. "This will help ensure you reach your destination safely."