ITHACA, N.Y. — Most of Tompkins County shut down for most of the day Tuesday as Winter Storm Stella moved through the area. There was enough snow for skiers to take the streets of downtown Ithaca and people rode snowmobiles on the West Hill.
Exactly how much snow came down where you are?
According to the National Weather Service, here are the most recent preliminary numbers:
- Central Caroline: 24.8 inches measure at 8:54 a.m. Wednesday by a trained spotter
- Northeast Ithaca: 17.4 inches measured at 7:16 a.m. Wednesday by a National Weather Service Employee
- Ithaca: 14.9 inches measured at 8:22 a.m. Wednesday
- Southeast Ithaca: 10.5 inches measures at 8 a.m. Wednesday
- Etna: 15 inches measured at 9:59 p.m. Tuesday by an emergency manager
- Northwest Groton: 13 inches measured at 7 a.m. Wednesday
The weather service is continuing to issue a Winter Weather warning until 8 p.m. Wednesday, predicting more snow, 15-20 mph winds and 40 mph wind gusts.
County-wide road closures issued Tuesday were lifted at 6 a.m. Wednesday morning, but the NWS and Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department are encouraging people to be cautious while driving.
Police said in a news release that “roads are still snow and ice covered in most areas and also blowing and drifting snow could present a problem when commuting today.”
However, it seems as if the city of Ithaca will come up just short of topping the record-setting snowfall from the Blizzard of 1993. Ithaca saw 15 inches during the storm, and preliminary storm snowfall totals are currently at 14.9 inches. It should be noted that 14.9 inches of snow is still a preliminary storm total from the NWS.
You can keep up with official snowfall measurements for Tompkins County and surrounding counties here.
Featured photo by Mike Blaney/The Ithaca Voice