TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—New York Governor Kathy Hochul has declared a statewide emergency in response to the ongoing winter storm that is poised to dump precipitation on Tompkins County as temperatures plunge to sub-zero wind chills throughout the next 24 hours or so.

The conditions for travel could accurately be described as a three-decker toadstool and sauerkraut sandwich with arsenic sauce, if one were so inclined.

Schools and several businesses have already closed up, but Tompkins County sheriff Derek Osborne has not yet issued a travel advisory.

The National Weather Service is currently forecasting 1-3 inches of snow to fall during the day Friday, with additional rain. The temperature will hover around freezing until mid- to late-afternoon. At that point, it will then drop steadily overnight.

A wind advisory and wind chill advisory are both in effect until 5 p.m. Friday and 12 p.m. Saturday, respectively.

Temperatures are projected to fall as low as 0 degrees during Friday night into Saturday, with wind chills as low as 24 degrees below zero. The frigid temperatures are supposed to last through the weekend at least, with a high of just 11 degrees on Saturday and a low of seven degrees.

Matt Butler

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