Traveling Wednesday for Thanksgiving? A nor'easter may have other ideas.

November 25, 2014 by Rachel Cera

Central New Yorkers planning to travel for Thanksgiving, especially east or south, may need to rearrange their plans. The National Weather Service says a snowstorm on Wednesday will make travel diffiult.

Anticipated snow onset times for Wednesday's storms. Image courtesy of National Weather Service.Anticipated snow onset times for Wednesday's storms. Image courtesy of National Weather Service.The National Weather Service in Binghamton said this morning that the nor'easter, which is expected to impact much of the east coast, will have "significant impact to holiday travel, especially Wednesday afternoon and early evening." The NWS says the storm track has trended west since this morning's briefing, which means snow will reach the Catskills and Central New York earlier in the day. A winter storm watch is in effect Wednesday morning through Thursday morning.

Snowfall is likely to begin 4am or earlier Wednesday morning in the Catskills and northeast Pennsylvania, and progress northwest, reaching Ithaca around 8am. Snow accumulation totals may reach 8-12 inches in the Catskills, which could pose a driving risk for those heading towards the New York metro area for the weekend. Ithaca, Watkins Glen, and Cortland are in a band that should see 2-3 inches.

Forecasters are suggesting travel on Tuesday night, or waiting until Thursday. Snow should taper off Wednesday evening.

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