A Winter Storm Warning, a Special Weather Statement, and Travel Advisories are in affect for our area.
Freezing rain and sleet blanket Central New York and Northeast Pennsylvania today…causing treacherous travel conditions.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has placed the National Guard on standby and activated the State Emergency Operations Center.
Broome, Tioga, Chemung and Cortland Counties have all issues Travel Advisories. That means stay off the roads unless you have a high priority reason to use them. You can still report to work, but trips to the store, or joyriding are discouraged.
Its safe to say at this point that just about every town in our listening area has had some sort of vehicle accident in it this morning. Some of the rough spots include Lowman, Chemung, Barton, Nichols, Owego, Endicott and Vestal. Roads are reported to be “a complete sheet of ice”.
Broome County had a 10 car pileup on 81 southbound this morning. There were minor injuries. Deputies diverted traffic at Exit 6 near I-88 and re-entered traffic at Castle Creek Exit 7.
Travel could be very difficult. The National Weather Service says hazardous conditions will impact the Monday morning and evening commutes.
If you must travel, authorities advise you to keep an extra flashlight, blankets, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. Use extreme caution, and allow multiple car lengths of distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you.
A WINTER STORM WARNING WENT INTO EFFECT AT 7 AM SUNDAY MORNING AND WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT MONDAY NIGHT…
This Warning is for Bradford and Wyoming counties in Pennsylvania and Southern Cayuga, Chemung, Tompkins and Tioga counties in New York.
Heavy Snow and mixed precipitation are expected with total snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches with higher amounts up to 15 inches possible in the Finger Lakes and ice accumulations of up to one-tenth of an inch.
A mixture of snow, sleet, and freezing rain came in from the southwest and covered the area between 7 and 10 Sunday Morning. A brief lull in the wintry mix is possible this afternoon before it will change to all snow late this evening and overnight. It could be heavy at times late tonight into Monday morning. The snow will taper off from southwest to northeast Monday afternoon and evening.
The heaviest snow is expected to occur overnight tonight into Monday morning when snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour are possible. Temperatures will hover in the upper 20s to lower 30s through the event.
Cornell, Ithaca College, SUNY Cortland, TC3 and Binghamton University have already cancelled classes for Monday so that many of their students can avoid travelling back to campus today after the Thanksgiving break.
SUNY Broome’s Hospitality Programs Department’s third annual Toys for Tots extravaganza scheduled for Monday at the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator has been cancelled due to the winter storm.
The Owego Choral Society Christmas Concert scheduled for 3:00pm at Lakeview Chapel today has been postponed until further notice. A reschedule date has not yet been determined.
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