Area school districts close as snowstorm socks Central New York

February 5, 2014

Ithaca City School District and most other area schools have announced they're closed for the day, as several inches of snow have fallen across the Southern Tier and Central New York. Trumansburg, Lansing, Dryden, Whitney Point, Binghamton, Spencer - Van Etten, and Syracuse districts are all closed.

The updated National Weather Service forecast suggests 5-10 inches of snow will fall between 4am and noon today, with snowfall up to two inches per hour this morning. "If you don't have to travel this morning, don't," says the Binghamton office of the National Weather Service, which measured 7.6 inches of snowfall in a 2.5-hour stretch.

Cornell University and Ithaca College both announced delayed openings last night. Both schools plan to open offices at 9:30am, with classes beginning at or after 10am. TC3 has closed for the day, with all classes canceled at all locations.

Cornell had already informed staff on Tuesday afternoon that they should use their best judgement as to whether it was safe to report to work on Wednesday.

Route 17 conditions this morning, courtesy of NYS Department of Transportation.Route 17 conditions this morning, courtesy of NYS Department of Transportation.Ithaca College says essential personnel should report to work at their usual times, if possible, and essential services such as health, facilities, dining, and public safety will operate as usual.

TCAT says "until further notice, all TCAT routes are operating as normal," but warns that delays are likely due to road condutions. Tandem trailers are banned for the entire length of Interstate 84 between the Connecticut and Pennsylvania state lines today.

Acting Out New York, which offers acting camps, classes, and workshops for kids, is offering snow-day childcare for any school-age kids who can make it safely to their studio in Center Ithaca. Reserve a spot by calling or texting 310-717-5405 by 7:30, bring your kid at 8 with a lunch and snack, and pick them up at 3, for a cost of $60 per kid per day. E-mail actingoutnewyork@gmail.com for details.

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