Syracuse, N.Y. - Bitter cold has returned to Syracuse on the heels of a winter storm that dumped a foot of snow on our area.

The National Weather Service says high winds and temperatures in the teens and single digits will drive the wind chill well below zero through the day today, a day after a blizzard closed schools and highways in most of the western half of the upstate region.

The weather service says the storm dumped up to 18 inches of snow on parts of western New York.

Blowing snow caused numerous accidents on the Thruway, with sections of the highway between Syracuse and Buffalo closed for several hours. The ban on tandem trucks between the Albany area and the Pennsylvania border in western New York was lifted overnight.