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The Jefferson County Highway Department has pulled all its plows from the roads just after 1:30 p.m. today due to heavy lake-effect snow.

The towns of Rutland and Champion, at minimum, have also made the decision to stop plowing until visibility improves.

“It’s difficult for everyone out there,” County Highway Superintendent James L. Lawrence Jr. said.

Rutland has pulled three of its four plows from the road, according to Town Highway Superintendent Claude E. Phelps. There is still a plow operating in the Felts Mills area, but all roads from about Rutland Hollow Road to the Lewis County line are sidelined.

Champion Town Highway Superintendent John F. Sech said the decision was made to pull plows at 10 a.m. Tuesday, with little improvement in conditions as of about 2 p.m.

“As soon as it lets up, we’re ready to go,” he said.

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