With a storm crossing from the midwest and another storm coming up the eastern seaboard poised to collide and spawn a nor'easter, Ithaca and Central New York are under a winter storm warning from 10am Friday until 7am Saturday. The National Weather Service in Binghamton anticipates storm totals of 6-10 inches of snow accumulation across our area.
Light snow is expected to begin Friday morning, with the bulk of the snowfall likely to occur from mid-afternoon Friday into Friday evening. Temperatures approaching the low to mid 30s on Friday afternoon could turn some of the snowfall to sleet, which could result in icier driving conditions, but less slow accumulation.
New England and the New York metropolitan area are both now under blizzard warnings, and are bracing for snow accumulations ranging from several inches to a couple of feet. Boston has already closed its schools for Friday, and forecasters are speculating that the snowfall could set a record for the region. Even a little snow and ice can result in power outages. We urge our readers to make sure their homes are prepared for the possibility of a major storm.
Central New York schools have yet to announce any plans to close. Watch 14850 Today on Facebook or Twitter or listen to WVBR for updates as they become available.
While airlines have yet to cancel any flights scheduled to and from the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport, we expect significant delays if not flight cancellations for flights between Ithaca and the eastern airports, including Philadelphia and Newark. Airlines are waiving change fees, and we encourage travelers to contact their airlines as early as possible to look into rerouting.