TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — With heavy snow falling Friday morning, Tompkins County Sheriff Ken Lansing is encouraging caution if driving.

The snow and wind have resulted in difficult travel conditions for parts of the county. Roads are not closed, but Lansing is asking motorists to be careful. He advises drivers to evaluate and limit driving to essential travel.

As of 10:30 a.m. Friday, snow totals range in Tompkins County from two to six inches. According to the National Weather Service, the highest snow total so far is six inches in Trumansburg. Ithaca has about four inches. In anticipation of the storm, schools declared Friday a snow day. Even Cornell University, Ithaca College and Tompkins Cortland Community College canceled classes.

Winter storm: Local closings and delays

Tompkins County has issued the following news release:

Tompkins County Sheriff Ken Lansing has issued a Travel Advisory, urging motorists to use caution in driving due to conditions from the current winter storm.  He advises motorists to evaluate and limit driving to essential travel.  This is not a road closure.

Roads are still slippery and wet in places, so residents are urged to use caution. Given the amount of wind that has occurred in some areas, there are areas with trees down; which can create hazardous conditions. Please slow down and give yourself extra time to reach your destination. Please evaluate the need to travel and use discretion, as needed.

Updates will be issued regarding any worsening conditions; however, Sheriff Lansing advises that, as of now, roads remain open, and motorists are urged to travel cautiously.

Featured image: Baker Park in the City of Ithaca on March 2. Kelsey O’Connor/Ithaca Voice

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