ITHACA, N.Y. – Ithaca’s Friday morning rain is expected to quickly turn to ice following a cold front expected to move through the Finger Lakes Region by the afternoon.
Temperatures, sitting around 50°F on Friday morning, are expected to drop below freezing by the afternoon according to Finger Lakes Weather. Heavy precipitation is also predicted to hit the region, which may continue into Saturday morning.
Ice jam flooding is occurring throughout Ithaca as temperatures remain warmer. The City of Ithaca issued alerts Friday morning warning residents of ice jam formation in Cascadilla Creek, causing street flooding on Madison Street and First Street. Homeowners in the area are urged to check in on their basements for house flooding. A second alert said due to a break-up of an ice jam in Fall Creek, the waterfront trail along the golf course has also been temporarily closed until further notice.
Even as temperatures cool, ice jam flooding may still occur, according to Finger Lakes Weather.
Travel conditions are expected to worsen as the day continues and temperatures get colder, as the precipitation will likely turn to freezing rain and sleet. During the weather transition, rain will wash away road salts and visibility on the roads will worsen.
“The combination of ice and snow make this a particularly tricky storm to forecast,” Finger Lakes Weather stated in a storm report. “The stakes are high with significant accumulations possible, impacting travel during the Friday evening commute and throughout Saturday.”
According to the National Weather Service, total ice accumulation may add up to nearly a quarter of an inch by Friday night, which will be followed by 4 to 7 inches of snow and sleet accumulation, which may last until Saturday afternoon.
Featured image: Ducks perch on ice in Cascadilla Creek after water levels rose after warm temperatures Wednesday and Thursday. Alyvia Covert/Ithaca Voice