The latest snowfall forecast map from the National Weather Service in Binghamton narrows the prediction for the Ithaca area to 12-14 inches of snow from the storm that's bearing down on the northeast. A winter weather warning is in effect through 1pm Thursday, with several inches of snowfall already accumulated across the Finger Lakes.
The National Weather Service 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 City of Ithaca says snowplow crews are on duty and will be operating non-stop during the snowfall.
Heavier snow accumulation is anticipated to the northwest, and snowfall amounts are likely to be less in the Catskills and northeastern Pennsylvania, where sleet and ice are more likely overnight.
Flight delays and cancellations are continuing to pile up for Ithaca travelers, with late evening and morning flights to and from Newark or Philadelphia delayed or canceled. Check with airlines for specific status of your flight and rebooking options.
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.
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