Cortland area to see mix of snow and ice Friday

Photo courtesy of the National Weather Service, Binghamton, NY

CORTLAND, N.Y. – A winter storm may cause havoc for drivers heading to their last day of work before the holiday weekend.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Cortland County from 1 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.

Light snow may begin falling Friday evening, though the biggest impact will be felt late Thursday night through Friday.

A mix of snow and sleet will create slippery road conditions during the morning commute on Friday, according to the National Weather Service in Binghamton. Drivers should be prepared for reduced visibility. This wintry mix will gradually change to rain Friday afternoon into the early evening.

Total snow and sleet accumulations of 1 to 3 inches are expected for the Cortland area, while the greater Syracuse area could see up to 5 inches. The latest road conditions in New York State can be obtained by calling 511.

The last significant winter storm to hit the Cortland area came on Dec. 12. Forecasters had predicted up to a foot of snow for the Cortland area, though most spots saw less than 6 inches of snow accumulation. For natives of central New York, that’s pretty tame.

The National Weather Service has dubbed Friday’s weather event Winter Storm Dylan. We have to assume that means a hard snow’s a gonna fall.