Winter Storm Warning: NWS expects several inches of snow through Thursday morning

December 8, 2014 by Rachel Cera

The National Weather Service in Binghamton, which has been tracking a mid-week winter storm, this afternoon upgraded their expectations and issued a Winter Storm Warning for Tompkins County and all of Central New York. The storm is expected to begin as sleet or freezing rain overnight, and turn to snow on Tuesday.

Snowfall total map courtesy of NWS.Snowfall total map courtesy of NWS.Storm snowfall totals are higher to our southeast over the Catskills, and northeast, including Cortland and Cooperstown. The NWS prediction for Ithaca is 8-10 inches accumulation between Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning.

Meteorologist Drew Montreuil of Finger Lakes Weather calls the anticipated event "a prolonged and at times intense winter storm." In the heaviest band of snowfall, he says as much as two feet of snow may be possible by Wednesday morning.

The National Weather Service says ice accumulation tomorrow morning is mostly expected to our southeast, in the Catskills and northeast Pennsylvania, though they expect potentially hazardous travel conditions from late tonight through Wednesday evening across the whole area.

The Ithaca Police Department suggests that area residents who might be cooped up at home during the snowstorm should take the opportunity to catalog and photograph their valuables, and make sure valuables aren't stored in plain view of passersby. A list of valuable items and serial numbers can be helpful in recovering property in the event of a burglary.

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