ITHACA, N.Y. — The National Weather Service has updated their forecast to a winter storm warning, expected to go into effect at 1 p.m. Monday.
A warning means that “confidence is high” that a storm will produce heavy snow, sleet, freezing rain or cause other significant impacts. A watch, like the one issued Sunday, is a less severe or certain forecast.
In Ithaca, people can expect 6 – 8 inches of snow with 35 mph gusts of wind. Factors that will influence the amount of snow certain areas receive are elevation and sleet. Sleet could reduce the total snowfall numbers significantly.
Power outages and dangerous travel conditions continue to be likely.
Reported Earlier —
ITHACA, N.Y. — The National Weather Service is reporting a major change in this week’s forecast, with the biggest storm of the season headed toward Tompkins County beginning Monday.
The Ithaca area will see 6 – 8 inches of snow during the storm — with up to a foot of snow possible in the rural surrounding area, the weather service states. A chance of precipitation will be present beginning in the early morning hours and will likely be just rain. But that rain will become mixed with sleet and snow as the day goes on.
A winter storm watch goes into effect at 1 p.m. and, as of Sunday night, expected to continue through 1 p.m. Tuesday. It will almost certainly be snowing by 3 p.m.
The NWS states on their website, “Snow and sleet accumulations will make many roads treacherous and travel very dangerous by late Monday and continue Tuesday. The storm will be accompanied by strong winds which will add to the impact of the heavy wet snow and ice.”
While temperatures are expected to hover in the low 30s, northeast winds will also slam the area, Northeast wind will be 15 to 25 mph, but with gusts from 35-45 mph.
Power outages throughout the county are possible.
The Ithaca Voice will update this forecast as more details become available.