More snow, wind in the forecast for Southern Tier, central New York: What to know
Much of New York state, including the Southern Tier, was bracing for another round of harsh winter conditions Tuesday with forecasters and emergency officials warning that continued heavy snowfall and significant wind gusts could complicate travel and threaten power sources.
A winter storm warning remained in effect until Wednesday morning for multiple counties, including Broome, Tioga, Tompkins and Schuyler.
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A band of heavier snow will pivot back into the region this AM, especially across the Catskills and the higher elevations south of the NY Thruway. A sharp cut-off in snowfall amounts will be present, especially across the Central-Southern Tier of NY and across NEPA. #NYwx #PAwx pic.twitter.com/Ym9g4ifpqe
— NWS Binghamton (@NWSBinghamton) March 14, 2023
The New York State Department of Transportation issued a travel advisory for major highways in the state and Gov. Kathy Hochul declared a State of Emergency in more than three dozen counties.
"This storm will create hazardous road conditions through Wednesday morning, and I encourage New Yorkers in impacted regions to stay home and avoid any unnecessary travel to allow plow crews to do their job," Hochul said in a statement.
Northwest winds could exacerbate the heavy wet snow, increasing the potential for downed trees and power lines, the National Weather Service said.
Many districts in the Broome-Tioga BOCES system canceled classes Tuesday, with most of the schools announcing closures on Monday in advance of the storm.
Binghamton city schools announced Tuesday would be a day of remote instruction.
At SUNY Broome Community College, on-campus classes were canceled Tuesday and all offices were closed.
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Broome County sees 2 to 4 inches of snowfall
Broome County received two to four inches of snow overnight, according to Ben Lott, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Binghamton.
Weather Service spotters reported eight inches fell in the Delaware County Town of Delhi and nearly seven inches were measured in the Town of Columbus in Chenango County.
Snow totals were more modest farther west. Nearly two inches fell in the Steuben County Town of Bath, according to Weather Service reports, while Corning received just a little over an inch of snow.
About 1.5 inches fell in the Allegany County Town of Alfred, the Weather Service reported.
More snow on the way in Binghamton area
Lott said the valley areas around Binghamton can expect at last another three inches of snow by Tuesday night, with the heaviest squalls during the daylight hours.
"At the higher elevations and even further east of Broome County we could see upward of six inches," Lott said. "We are also going to have some blowing snow as the snow falls. That's because we are going to have winds at 25 to 30 miles per hour but I would not be surprised if we see some gusts closer to 35 miles per hour as well."
The Weather Service said the highest snowfall amounts are expected south of the New York state Thruway, where up to 15 inches of heavy snow could pile up. Meanwhile, the lower parts of the Mohawk Valley, including Utica, could see up to eight inches of snow.
"We also have some higher (snowfall) amounts in our forecast across the Finger Lakes region. Areas there could possibly see more than a foot before all is said and done," Lott said.
Plane 'exits' taxiway in Syracuse
A Delta Airbus A220-100 with 61 passengers aboard "exited" a taxiway at Syracuse Hancock International Airport at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, airport officials said in a statement. The weather service was reporting light snow, fog and mist in the area at the time. About 45 minutes later a "coordinated response" began to bring the passengers and their luggage back to the terminal, the statement said.
The incident did not affect operations and the airport remained open, the statement said, although several flights were delayed or canceled because of the snowstorm.
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This article originally appeared on Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin: Southern Tier, NY weather: Snow, wind forecasted in Binghamton, region