Warnings In Place/ Twin Tiers Braces for Major Winter Storm
The National Weather Service in Binghamton has issued a Winter Storm Warning in effect until late Monday night, December 2, impacting travelers looking to return from the Thanksgiving holiday.
Officials say the entire Twin Tiers is under the Warning, including Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Tioga, Tompkins, Onondaga and Oneida Counties in New York, stretching to Syracuse and areas north. Susquehanna, Bradford and Wayne Counties in the Northern Tier and areas stretching south past Scranton are also in the Warning zone. Meanwhile, west of Elmira and Towanda and north of Syracuse were only under Winter Weather Advisories.
The National Weather Service says heavy snow and mixed precipitation expected with total snow accumulations of 9 to 15 inches and ice accumulations of around one tenth of an inch are possible. Periods of heavy snow in the afternoon and overnight into Monday, especially in the I-90 Corridor, could reach rates of up to two inches per hour.
According to a statement at 3:48 a.m. December 1, forecasters predicted the snow will overspread the area from the southwest between 9 a.m. and noon.
The precipitation was projected to be in the form of snow mixing with sleet and freezing rain for much of the area for Sunday morning with a little break in the action for some parts of the Twin Tiers in the evening.
That lull could give residents a window to get some of the accumulated snow cleared from their driveways and walks before the next round of steady snow is set to begin.
NOAA says steady snow was expected to after midnight and could become heavy at times through the early afternoon on Monday, December 2.
Officials say the hazardous conditions will impact travel Sunday, as well as the Monday morning and evening commutes. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.
The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 511.
School announcements will be found on WNBF.com as are reported by the school districts.
Remember, winter parking rules are now in effect in local municipalities, but, as with major snow events, motorists are asked, if possible, to keep their vehicles entirely off the streets to facilitate plowing and allow for the passage of emergency vehicles.
Throwing or blowing snow into the streets is prohibited and subject to tickets and fines.
Property owners are asked to clear the snow from any fire hydrants located near their homes or businesses.