March is taking this whole 'in like a lion' thing seriously. A winter storm is set to dump 6 -12" of snow on the Utica/Rome area starting tonight through Saturday.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Northern  and Southern Oneida County, including the cities of Boonville, Rome, and Utica.

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING TO 1 AM
EST SATURDAY...

* WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 10
inches, with localized amounts up to 14 inches near the route 20
corridor in far southern Oneida County, are expected.

* WHERE...Northern Oneida and Southern Oneida Counties.

* WHEN...From 11 PM this evening to 1 AM EST Saturday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel will be very difficult, including
during the morning commute on Friday. Winds gusting as high as
40 mph Friday afternoon will cause areas blowing and drifting
snow, along with scattered power outages. Snow could fall heavy
at times after midnight tonight and into the day on Friday, with
rates potentially up to 1 inch per hour.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather
conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible. If you
must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your
vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions for
the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Local forecasters are calling for higher amounts locally, from 6" up to 12" of snow in Utica and Rome. 

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