BOYLSTON, N.Y. (AP) — Officials in a town near Lake Ontario's eastern end are asking residents to avoid driving on local roads so crews can remove 5 feet of snow that has fallen since Christmas Day.

Heavy, lake-effect snow is being blamed for causing crashes and stranding vehicles in the Oswego County town of Boylston, in the Tug Hill Plateau about 40 miles (64 kilometers)north of Syracuse.

Town officials say people should stay off local roads until noon Wednesday so plow drivers can make traveling safer.

The National Weather Service says the neighboring town of Redfield has received 57 inches of snow from the latest round of lake-effect storms.

The agency says some western New York areas east of Lake Erie have received more than 3 feet of snow over the past couple days.

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