- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - As the Rochester area digs out from under nearly 2 feet of snow, some residents are questioning how local authorities handled the storm.

The snow started falling early Tuesday and continued into the morning commute, causing major traffic backups on interstate highways and other roads across Monroe County.

The wet, heavy snow caused tractor-trailers to become bogged down on Interstate 490, closing the highway in both directions and stranding motorists heading to work. Some people were stuck in their vehicles for several hours.

The county didn’t issue a travel advisory and close county facilities until 10 a.m. County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo says that’s because officials didn’t expect the storm to hit with such intensity so late in the morning.

The National Weather Service says the storm dumped 18 to 22 inches of snow across the Rochester area.

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