Winter Storm Brings A Flash Freeze, Freezing Rain And Up To 9 Inches Of Snow To CNY
The Winter Storm Watch has been upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning by the National Weather Service out of Binghamton from 6 pm tonight until 4 pm tomorrow. We're still under Flood Watch until tomorrow night.
The warm temperatures are causing flooding and Ice Jams in CNY. travelers are also experiencing low visibility due to fog and hazardous conditions with the ponding and puddling on area roadways. Remember to turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.
Heavy mixed precipitation expected. Plan on difficult travel conditions. Total ice accumulations of one tenth to one a quarter of an inch, followed by total snow accumulations of 4 to 7 inches, with localized amounts up to 9 inches in Schuyler, Chemung, Tompkins, Madison, Southern Oneida and Cortland Counties.
Rain changes to freezing rain and sleet this evening, then over to heavy snow between midnight and 4 AM. Snow persists into Saturday morning, then tapers off around midday.
The very rapid fall of temperatures this the evening will flash freeze wet roadways and sidewalks. The combination of ice and gusty northwest winds may cause power outages and tree damage. Snow and sleet will be heavy and dense, making it a challenge to shovel. Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times.
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