UPDATE 4 p.m. —
The winter storm warning has been canceled. See here for the latest coverage.
Ithaca, N.Y. — A winter storm warning has been issued for South Central New York, which includes Ithaca and Tompkins County.
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The snow could come down at a rate of two inches per hour from around now until daybreak, according to the National Weather Service.
7 things for Ithacans to know about Winter Storm Linus:
1 – Travel warning
The weather service said:
“Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency.
If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight. Food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.”
An official with the Tompkins County 911 Dispatch Center said there were reports that the roads were a mess and that motorists should stay home if possible. “If it was me I wouldn’t be out on the roadway,” she said. “I just advise people to stay home.”
2 – No major accidents in Tompkins
There have been no major on Tompkins County roadways so far Monday morning, but officials are asking to not drive if you can avoid it. “We have a few accidents; nothing serious,” a dispatcher with Tompkins County 911 said, “Mostly people sliding off in the ditches.” One call for a crash in Dryden yielded only minor injuries.
3 – Winter Storm Warning:
Here it is, courtesy the weather service … some highlights are the heavy winds and that the heaviest snow will come this morning:
Reports to the National Weather Service for total snowfall so far varied by wide margins. Someone in Freeville said that 8 inches had fallen by around 9:30 a.m.; The Ithaca Journal reported that between 3 and 6 inches of snow had fallen. Here are the local numbers provided by the NWS:
5 – What’s next?
You may actually long for this weather later in the week … we’re supposed to get hit by plunging temperatures yet again (-4 degrees Thursday night!). From the NWS:
6 – Flights canceled
Most local school districts are closed today. Additionally, flights had already been canceled at the Ithaca airport by 9 a.m. Monday. From the airport’s website:
“All TCAT routes are scheduled to run as normal. However, sporadic delays are possible due to road conditions,” according to TCAT spokesperson Patty Poist.
7 – Some photos
The silver lining to all this is that Ithaca looks beautiful in the snow. We’ll run some more photos later, but for now:
A photo posted by Marina Caitlin Watts (@marina_caitlin) on