Temperatures began a slow rise today, but more than 300,000 homes were without power after freezing rain encased trees, cars and roads in ice across Upstate New York.

As much as a foot of snow piled up Friday in the Adirondacks and parts of New England. A mix of snow and sleet fell in portions of Upstate New York through this morning, but eased by afternoon as temperatures rose above freezing.

New York's Oswego County, at the eastern end of Lake Ontario, declared a state of emergency.

Along the lake shore, where an inch of ice accumulated, suburban streets and gardens were littered with fallen limbs and downed wires.

"It's very unnerving -- you don't know where the power lines or the trees are going to come down," said Debbie Reeves, 52, chipping ice off her driveway in the lakeside suburb of Webster.

"We should have our flowers up!" she exclaimed. "This is wrong."

About 140,000 homes were without electricity today around Rochester; an additional 40,000 were out in the Finger Lakes region and western New York, utility spokesmen said.

Around Syracuse, 80,000 customers lost power along with 40,000 farther north and 17,000 around Albany.

"We do not expect total restoration in central New York until sometime mid- to late week," said Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. spokesman Steve Brady. Additional repair crews, many from New England, were on the way, he said.

As the storm moved northeast this afternoon, precipitation was replaced by wind gusts of up to 30 mph that brought down more iced-over tree limbs and power lines.

The hazardous wintry mix closed roads, prompted police warnings against unnecessary travel and was blamed for dozens of traffic accidents, including one in North Hudson in the Adirondack foothills that left a Canadian truck driver with a broken leg.

"I hate it," Doris Carver said as she ripped ice off her car at her home 15 miles north of Buffalo. "I want summer so bad."