Ithaca schools closed on Friday with wind chill warning in effect

January 3, 2014

Ithaca City School District decided early this morning to close for the day, with extremely cold temperatures forecast in the wake of heavy snow yesterday. Homer Central Schools and Cortland City Schools are also closed for the day. Most area school districts are closed through the end of the week for winter break.

This morning's flights between Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport and the Newark and Philadelphia airports have been canceled. Afternoon and evening flights are still listed as on-time, but travelers should check with airlines later in the day for updates.

Tompkins County Public Library announced yesterday they would open at noon today. Like many libraries across Central New York, they closed early yesterday.

The National Weather Service has canceled the winter storm warning that was in effect until 10am today, but a wind chill warning is in effect until 9am Saturday. Frigid air pushing down into Central New York, combined with winds gusting up to 30 miles per hour, will result in wind chills as low as 35 degrees below zero this morning and tomorrow morning. The wind chill is low enough to cause frostbite on exposed skin within 15 miinutes.

Pets should remain indoors except for brief necessary visits outside, and animals that are hardy enough to be out in subzero temperatures will need shelter from the wind.

Though the snow has largely tapered off, blowing snow from earlier accumulations is likely to cause poor visibility for drivers today.

Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency yesterday afternoon, and suggested no unnecessary travel on the roads through this morning. A travel ban on Interstate 84 and the Long Island Expressway remains in effect until 8am today. The passenger travel ban for Interstate 87 was lifted at 5am, but a commercial traffic ban remains in effect until 8am. Mass transit in the New York metro area is affected, with many trains and buses operating on reduced schedules. Parts of New England have seen 20 inches of snow.

Friday's forecasted high temperature is just 4 degrees, with an overnight low of 6 below zero for tonight and wind chills as low as 25 below.

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