TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—Snow is predicted to hit the local area throughout the next day or two, meaning the National Weather Service has published a Winter Weather Advisory for Tompkins County and several inches of snow and potentially ice should be expected to start the weekend.

Right now, NWS has Tompkins County and much of this region of Central New York slated for “Heavy Snow,” which is apparently different than the “Heavy Snow” they have forecasted for the eastern part of Central New York. Tompkins County will face “Heavy snowfall at times possible ending as a wintry mix in spots. Hazardous travel conditions.”

At this point, it seems possible that Ithaca will dodge the worst parts of this storm, which are destined to hit areas northwest of Tompkins County. It won’t be clean though, as snow/winter weather is slated to begin late Thursday night or very early Friday morning and continue throughout Friday. Snow will be falling early Friday morning at a rate between 0.5 inches to 1.5 inches per hour—which, for the layman, is very hard.

By morning commute time on Friday, it looks like the snow will have changed over to a wintry mix, which will then continue for the rest of the day locally. By 9 p.m. Friday, it looks like the storm will have moved on. All told, estimates at total snowfall vary from 4-8 inches to over a foot of snow, so cancellations and closures should be anticipated.

All of this is, obviously, subject to change, which is the beautiful thing about weather. Perhaps Friday we all wake up and its 60 degrees and sunny out. Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, a gentle breeze makes the air feels brighter.

Probably not, though, so take the necessary precautions and stay safe.

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Managing Editor at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at mbutler@ithacavoice.com