ITHACA, N.Y. — A travel advisory remains in place Tuesday for Tompkins County, but people traveling during the day Wednesday will have calmer weather.
On Tuesday, the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office kept a travel advisory in place due to road surfaces being “extremely slippery” from an overnight drop in temperature and more snow.
“Please use caution when traveling today in Tompkins County. If your vehicle becomes stranded, remain in your vehicle, call 911 and law enforcement will respond to your location. Please do not attempt to remove your vehicle without assistance,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release.
The icy road conditions have kept emergency responders busy in Tompkins County, with about 125 crashes reported in the county by the end of the day Monday.
Snow totals from the storm that began Sunday have varied across Tompkins County — from about nine inches in Ithaca to more than 20 inches in Caroline.
Paul Fitzsimmons, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Binghamton, said by any standards the snowstorm this week was significant lake effect event.
“Especially for before Thanksgiving, to get significant snow it’s not unheard of, but it’s a fairly healthy amount to get before Thanksgiving,” Fitzsimmons said.
However, he said it’s not unheard of. Two years ago, there was a snowstorm before Thanksgiving.
Snow showers are expected to continue until noon, with wind around 15 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service in Binghamton. Ithaca and Tompkins County may see one to two more inches Tuesday, but the snow is expected to stop by the evening.
The day before Thanksgiving is considered one of the busiest travel days of the year. This year, AAA projects 48.7 million people will travel for the holiday, and 89 percent of those travelers will be driving.
Fortunately, weather conditions will improve for travel during the day Wednesday. There is no snow in the forecast and the temperature will be around 36 degrees in Ithaca. However, a system coming in around Wednesday night that will continue into Thursday morning will bring a wintry mix of sleet, snow, and freezing rain, Fitzsimmons said.
“It looks a little messy, potentially look at some icy road conditions for tomorrow night,” Fitzsimmons said.
There will be some rain showers continuing into Friday, but Fitzsimmons said it won’t be heavy rain.
So far, the forecast on Sunday looks clear and partly sunny, with no precipitation.