Icy roads caused at least 50 accidents and led to the shutdown of a 12-mile stretch of Interstate 81.
North and west of there in the Oswego County towns of Mexico and Parish, communities got up to nine inches of snow.
Some towns lost power, and people who still had grills in the backyard dug them out to cook their food.
"We had lost power, so she had bacon and eggs and a bunch of stuff to cook for breakfast. We came out here and cleared off the grill and cooked breakfast outside," said Scott Parkhurst.
The Parish family woke up to more than five inches of snow.
"National Grid cut some limbs out in front of our house, looked they were going across some of the lines. With all the leaves on, the snow was heavy, you could expect some trees and stuff to come down," said Parish.
Snow was falling in Dutchess County.
And people in the town of Mexico were surprised at how much snow they actually got.
"We thought a maybe a couple of inches and then it just kept coming and kept coming and kept coming?so I think we ended up with five to seven inches of snow here in Mexico," said Jeremy Belfield.
The temperature plunged to 10 degrees early Monday morning in Saranac Lake in the Adirondacks.