ITHACA, N.Y. — The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for Tompkins and surrounding counties as rain and snow continue to come down Thursday. The NWS is warning local residents to watch out for potential flooding.

The NWS said Thursday that rivers and streams will continue to rise, which could lead to ice jams and localized flooding is possible due to poor drainage. The rain is changing to snow and one to three inches of “slushy accumulation,” mainly over higher terrain, is expected the NWS says.

Lt. Tom Basher, public information officer for the Ithaca Fire Department, said the IFD advises local residents to take extra time while driving as the road conditions continue to change with temperatures hovering around 32 degrees. He also said people in low-lying areas especially should regularly check their basements and make sure sump pumps are working.

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This week, Basher said the IFD has received a few carbon monoxide-related calls. He said residents should make sure their furnace vent pipes are not blocked by snow and to make sure they have working carbon monoxide detectors.

The Cornell University Police Department sent out a notice Thursday saying all lakeside trails at Beebe Lake are closed due to flood conditions.

“All lake side trails around Beebe Lake are closed until further notice, due to high risk ice flood and flash flood conditions. Closed sections include the trail between the Triphammer Footbridge and Sackett’s Bridge on the north side, and the trail east of Toboggan Lodge on the south side of Beebe Lake. All closed trails are marked with barricades and closure notices,” CUPD said in a statement on Facebook.

Other local state parks have also issued notices about trail closures. On Thursday, Taughannock Falls State Park said until further notice the gorge trail and sledding slope are closed. Parts of the north and south rim trails are also closed. Before heading out on a hike, be sure to check park websites for updates.

The Ithaca Fire Department has also asked local residents to help keep fire hydrants clear.

Kelsey O'Connor

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