Neighbors to the west are digging out, the rest of us are just freezing and dealing with bands of blowing snow in near-single digit temperatures. State and county officials urge everyone to use caution during this cold snap.

Monroe County Executive urges caution during winter weather advisory:

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo is urging residents to use additional caution when traveling or spending time outside Thursday into Friday. Dinolfo also urges students walking to school or waiting outside to dress appropriately for the weather.

“The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory continuing through 5 a.m. Friday. Local residents should monitor local television and radio for the most up-to-the-minute updates on conditions,” said Dinolfo. “The County’s Office of Emergency Management is monitoring the situation, is in contact with state, town and village officials and will provide additional guidance as warranted.”

“While we are no strangers to winter here in Monroe County, today’s wintery blast with high winds has the possibility to add risk to our commute today and tomorrow” said Dinolfo. Anyone who finds themselves in weather-related crisis should contact 9-1-1.”

To prepare for freezing temperatures, County Executive Dinolfo and the Monroe County

Office of Emergency Management offer these tips:

Minimize outside activities – particularly for the elderly, youths and pets.
Stay informed – check the news for further emergency information and up-to date information on weather conditions.
Dress appropriately – wear loose, lightweight and warm clothing in several layers; also wear hats and gloves.
Check symptoms of hypothermia – include inability to concentrate, poor coordination, slurred speech, drowsiness, exhaustion and shivering.
Check for frostbite – skin may become numb or flushed.
This announcement does not restrict travel in Monroe County.

Residents to the west and south of Rochester are digging out as a lake effect band drops snow on them.

In Brockport, residents were working Wednesday night to clear out the snowfall.

"I like the idea of a white Christmas; shoveling -- not so much," says Kris Bonczyk.

Bonczyk was trying to stay positive as he and his children worked to clear the driveway. Tough when you consider three weeks ago, the Brockport resident remembers it was warm enough to get in a round of golf.

Bonczyk was doing his best to stay ahead of the snowfall, but not without a few challenges.

"It's a large driveway -- as you can see -- and the shovels are fairly old, so we snapped one and out of frustration accidently broke the other one," says Bonczyk. "So it's been trips to Walmart for two shovels tonight, trying to get this done before it gets any worse and before the wife gets home."

Linda Ketchum knew to leave her car home and walk instead to a meeting in the village.

"It's not something you prepare for. You get used to it," said Ketchum.