CORTLAND, N.Y. - The central New York region is bracing itself for a severe winter storm that will create hazardous road conditions and possible flooding in some areas.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for Cortland County, which will remain in effect until Saturday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m. Rain combined with snowmelt will cause some rivers and streams to rise, leading to the potential for ice jams and localized flooding.
By late Friday evening, rain will change to a mix of freezing rain, sleet, and snow, causing slippery road conditions. Scattered power outages are possible. This will be followed by heavy snow, with rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour possible late Friday evening into early Saturday morning.
Forecasters predict the Cortland area will receive 6 to 8 inches of snow by Sunday evening.
A flood warning will take effect at 11 p.m. tonight and expire late Sunday afternoon, and a winter storm warning will be in effect from 6 p.m. Friday through 4 p.m. Saturday.