First major winter storm of the season heading for Ithaca and the Finger Lakes

December 26, 2012

A severe storm that spawned as many as 19 tornadoes in the midwest, a Christmas Day record, is bearing down on the northeast and could bring as much as 12 to 16 inches of snow accumulation in Ithaca and across Central New York. Snowfall is likely to begin about 3:30pm in Ithaca.

A winter weather warning is in effect for Central New York through midday Thursday. NOAA/NWS image.A winter weather warning is in effect for Central New York through midday Thursday. NOAA/NWS image.A winter weather warning is in effect through 1pm Thursday, according to the National Weather Service in Binghamton, which says snowfall could be as heavy as 2-3 inches per hour at the height of the storm early this evening. Snowfall and blowing snow could make driving difficult, and plows will be unable to keep up with the snow accumulation in many areas.

The western Finger Lakes could see higher snow accumulation from the storm, as much as 14 to 18 inches. To the southeast, totals of up to eight inches are expected in the Catskills and northeastern Pennsylvania. Other areas affected by the storm could see thunderstorms and freezing rain.

Flight delays and cancellations are already piling up for Ithaca travelers. Today's US Airways midday flights to and from Philadelphia are delayed about a half hour, the late-afternoon United flights to and from Newark are already expected to be delayed about a half hour, and tonight's late-night arrival from Philadelphia and tomorrow's early-morning departure to Philadelphia on US Airways have been canceled. 

Schools are closed throughout Tompkins County in between the Christmas and New Year's Day holidays, so there won't be any school snow days due to this storm. Some local offices and businesses may close or reduce operations thanks to the incoming weather.

Are you and your home ready in case you can't leave to get to the store tonight? Are you prepared in case a winter storm results in an extended power outage? Check out 14850 Magazine's home preparedness feature.

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