A winter storm is projected to bring significant amounts of snow and ice to Central New York.

The National Weather Service is predicting a winter storm that will hit Central New York late Monday night into Tuesday, bringing anywhere from 5" - 9" of snow to the area, followed by an accumulation of ice later on Tuesday.

The snow and ice are expected to make travel difficult, along with an increased risk of power outages due to the ice.

Most of Central New York is under a Winter Storm warning that begins either Tuesday morning or Tuesday afternoon.

Keep in mind, the forecast is still developing. Snow totals and timing could change - we'll keep you posted as the forecast confidence increases.

The National Weather Service summarizes the event as follows:

  • Potential for snow and sleet accumulations of 6 to 10 inches along and north of the NY Thruway corridor. Amounts of 4 to 7 inches are possible farther south across the rest of central NY and NE PA. Majority of the snow falls Monday night through Tuesday.
  • Freezing rain amounts of around a tenth of an inch possible across all of central NY and northeast PA. The best chance for freezing rain is Tuesday afternoon and night.
  • Significant snow, sleet, and freezing rain will make travel difficult.
  • Wind gusts of 30-40 mph are possible Tuesday and especially Wednesday.
Credit: NWS, weather.gov

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TUESDAY TO 7 AM EST
WEDNESDAY...

* WHAT...Heavy mixed precipitation expected. Total snow
accumulations of 6 to 10 inches and ice accumulations of one
to two tenths of an inch expected.

* WHERE...Onondaga, Madison and Oneida Counties.

* WHEN...From 6 AM Tuesday to 7 AM EST Wednesday. Snow develops
Tuesday morning with the main window for accumulations in the
late morning and afternoon hours. A change to freezing rain and
sleet occurs late afternoon and early evening before changing
back to light snow by early Wednesday morning. Snow and ice
amounts will vary depending on how quickly the changeovers
occur.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult. The
hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute and
definitely the evening commute Tuesday. Winds gusting as high as
30 mph are possible.


...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM TUESDAY TO 4 PM EST
WEDNESDAY...

* WHAT...Heavy snowfall expected. Snow will mix with sleet Tuesday
night, with some freezing rain possible in the Mohawk Valley and
southern Green Mountains. Total snow accumulations of 8 to 14
inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze expected. Winds
gusting as high as 45 mph, mainly across the higher terrain.

* WHERE...Herkimer, Hamilton, Fulton, and Montgomery counties.

* WHEN...From 10 AM Tuesday to 4 PM EST Wednesday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult to
impossible. The hazardous travel conditions expected to impact
the Tuesday evening commute with snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches
per hour.


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Winter Weather Preparation:

  • Keep your cell phone charged and make sure you know where your backup power supply is.
  • Make sure all your flashlights have fresh batteries.
  • Fill your gas tank. You can use your car to keep warm and recharge devices.
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