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Winter Storm Warning

Information provided by Meteorologist Elisa Raffa @elisa_raffa

Follow your local National Weather Service (NWS) forecast office @WICBNews, @NWSBinghamton, @elisa_raffa on Twitter for more updates!

Winter Storm Warning in effect for Ithaca and Tompkins County 4pm Sunday through 4pm Monday. This means significant amounts of snow will make travel very hazardous or impossible.

National Watches and Warnings:

PINK – Winter Storm Warning
PURPLE – Winter Storm Watch
ORANGE – Blizzard Warning

Screen Shot 2015-02-01 at 1.48.11 PMScreen Shot 2015-02-01 at 1.48.21 PM What is the difference between a Winter Storm Watch/Warning and a Blizzard Warning? Check it out here: http://www.weather.gov/bgm/WinterTerms

A winter storm is currently tracking eastward from the Midwest. Right now, Sunday afternoon, conditions are cloudy but calm in Ithaca. However, in the Midwest, Blizzard Warnings are posted for the Chicago metro area as heavy and blowing snow, depleting visibility, and gusty winds deteriorate conditions this afternoon and evening. There, serious travel precautions should be taken as forecasted snow totals upwards of a foot combined with very strong winds will make travel extraordinarily difficult or impossible. Luckily, although this storm will be significant for Ithaca and Central New York, such dangerous blizzard conditions are not expected. Snowfall rates will be heavy at times accumulating upwards of 8” for much of the area. However, with weaker winds, our biggest impacts will be icy, slippery conditions on the roadways. Travel precautions are still necessary, especially as you are headed to and from Superbowl viewing parties tonight, as well as to work and school Monday morning.

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What You Need to Know Ithaca, NY:

  • Timing – Some light snow and flurries Sunday afternoon and early evening as you head to Superbowl parties with only a dusting accumulating. Steadier snow will start to develop during game time, generally 4 to 8pm. The worst of the storm with heaviest snowfall will occur late Sunday, possibly as you head home from Superbowl viewing parties, and into Monday morning as you head to work and school.
  • Heavy snow –Overnight Sunday into Monday we can see snowfall rates up to 1 to 2 inches per hour. That is a lot of snow accumulating fast! Take caution if you’re out on the road. Drive slowly. Pedestrians don’t cross in front of moving cars! Roads will be slippery making it hard for cars to stop.
  • Track of the storm is heading east before northward towards New England.
  • CNY has the highest accumulations. Ithaca is forecasted for 10-14” of snow by Monday evening. North towards Syracuse, with tail ends of the storm track; accumulations will be less, 8-10”. South towards Wilkes Barre, also within the tail ends of the storm track, but here icing is also possible. Both of these factors will work to decrease snow totals across Eastern Pennsylvania and into the NYC Tri-State area.
  • Temperatures will be brutally cold Sunday afternoon with high temperatures in the mid 20s. Mondays highs will be a bit colder in the low 20s, but a real arctic blast moves in Monday night with a low temperature of 0ºF. Northwest winds of 15mph will make it feel like -10ºF. Temperatures this cold can be dangerous with frostbite occurring in just 15 minutes. Stay warm and bundled indoors. High temperatures on Tuesday afternoon will only rebound into the teens, fighting to break 20º.
  • Great Safety Tips for extreme cold: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/winter/cold.shtml

Check for updates at: http://www.weather.gov/bgm/

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