What can Cortland expect from CNY snowstorm?

Update 6: 25 p.m. –

The National Weather Service says black ice may form on roads in central New York due to falling temperatures in the wake of snow squalls that moved through the area Tuesday afternoon.

Roads will remain icy until they are treated by road crews, the NWS said in a special weather statement.

Motorists are being advised to use caution when traveling Tuesday evening.

Earlier –

CORTLAND, N.Y. – A lake effect snow warning is now in effect for several central New York counties, according to the National Weather Service in Binghamton.

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The warning – which is in effect from 7 p.m. Tuesday through 7 p.m. Wednesday – includes Madison and Onondaga counties.

While both counties share a border with Cortland County, it appears our area will avoid the worst of the storm.

A hazardous weather outlook is in effect for Cortland County, which is expected to get 1 to 3 inches of snow overnight.

Not too far to the north, the Syracuse area could get anywhere from 12 to 18 inches of snow by the time the storm is over.

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Brief snow squalls are possible from mid-afternoon Tuesday into the early evening, which can quickly reduce visibility and potentially create hazardous travel conditions, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures are expected to dip into the mid-teens Tuesday night, which will be accompanied by blustery wind gusts up to 40 mph.

Highs will be in the mid to upper-teens Wednesday with wind gusts up to 35 mph.

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