ITHACA, N.Y. — A winter storm is expected to hit Ithaca and Tompkins County late Thursday into Friday. In anticipation of the heavy snow, schools and others are announcing closings.

A winter storm warning is in effect from 7 p.m. Thursday until 1 a.m. Saturday for Ithaca and Tompkins County. Heavy snow is expected with widely varying total snow accumulations. Snow could range from 4 to 7 inches in valleys and from 9 to 14 inches at higher elevations.

Rain will change to heavy snow Thursday evening. The heaviest snow is expected late Thursday and Friday morning, just in time for morning commuters. Tree damage and scattered power outages are expected from gusty winds and the weight of the snow, the National Weather Service warns.

As of Friday morning, there are more than 1,000 people without power in Tompkins County. The most outages are in Caroline and Enfield, but there are also scattered outages in Newfield and Ulysses.

This story will be updated as more closings are announced.

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Closings for March 2


Cornell University — The Ithaca campus will close at 5 a.m. Check for info and more updates.

Dryden School District — Closed.

Groton School District — Closed.

Ithaca City School District — Closed. All school-sponsored after school and evening activities are canceled.

Ithaca College — Closed. All classes are canceled. Essential personnel should report to work at their normal times.

Lansing School District — Closed.

Newfield School District — Closed.

Tompkins County Chamber office and the Visit Ithaca visitors centers are closed. The Chamber will reopen at 9 a.m. Monday. The East Shore Drive and Downtown Visitor Centers will reopen at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Tompkins Cortland Community College — All classes are canceled and offices will be closed at all locations (Main campus in Dryden and the Cortland and Ithaca Extension Centers).

Trumansburg School District — Closed. The annual staff slam is rescheduled to April 13.

TST BOCES — Closed.

Wells College — Closed. All essential services will remain open and campus safety is available 24/7. The “Henry Wells Scholars Celebration” admissions event planned for Friday and Saturday will take place as planned.


Advocacy Center — Closed. Their 24-hour hotline remains open and can be reached at 607-277-5000

Catholic Charities at 324 W. Buffalo St. is closed.

Challenge Workforce Solutions — Closed. They will reopen Monday.

Cayuga Nature Center — Closed.

“First Friday Art Night” from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Museum of the Earth, 1259 Trumansburg Road — Canceled.

Foodnet Meals on Wheels — Closed. Normal operations will resume Monday.

Friday Gallery Night — The Gallery Night in Downtown Ithaca is canceled and rescheduled to March 9.

Groton Public Library — Closed.

Ithaca Community Acupuncture — Closed.

Ithaca YMCA — Closed. They will issue in-house credits for missed classes.

Southworth Library — Closed.

Suicide Prevention & Crisis Service administrative offices are closed. The Crisisline will continue to answer calls at 800-273-8255 or 607-272-1616.

Tompkins County Public Library — Closed.

Women’s Opportunity Center — Closed. They will reopen Monday for LEADS participants and will reopen to the public as usual on Tuesday.

This page was last updated at 7:52 a.m. Friday.

Featured image: File photo of 2017 storm.

Kelsey O'Connor

Kelsey O'Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor.