Ithaca, N.Y. — The snowstorm barreling toward us is expected to drop over 7 inches of snow on Ithaca, according to the National Weather Service.

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Forecasters initially said the snowstorm would persist over 48 hours. A revised estimate posted Tuesday by the weather service morning said that the “the real impact from the snow will NOT be until tonight.”

A winter storm warning has been issued for the area. Though the NWS is expecting 7.4 inches to fall over Ithaca, that number could rise to as high as 10 inches, according to the weather service.

What you need to know about traveling: Travel during the daytime on Tuesday should not be affected, but try to minimize travel from 7 p.m. tonight to 7 a.m. Wednesday morning.

“Little impact much of the day … but then travel will become dangerous tonight in heavy snow. Slippery travel can be expected through early Thursday morning.”

Once the worst of the storm starts, according to the weather service, “significant amounts of slow … sleet … and ice are expected.”

“This will make travel very hazardous or impossible,” the weather service says.

Dispatchers: Nothing major Tuesday morning

Slick road conditions have caused a few only minor accidents Tuesday morning, according to the Tompkins County 911 Dispatch Center.

A part of Route 13 “was closed briefly” following one crash there, dispatchers said.

“Nothing remarkable so far — a few bumps in the road,” the dispatcher said.

Drivers should take caution with pockets of freezing road, according to emergency personnel.

An earlier crash around 7 a.m. involved two cars on Irish Settlement Road in Dryden. One was turned on its side, but emergency personnel expected no serious injuries.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.