CORTLAND, N.Y. — After some light snowfall to start Friday, forecasters are looking ahead to this weekend for what will likely be the biggest winter storm of the season.
The National Weather Service in Binghamton has issued a winter storm warning warning for Cortland, Tompkins, Madison, and Chenango counties. It will take effect at 12 p.m. Saturday and last until 4 p.m. Sunday.
Forecasters are predicting total snow accumulations of anywhere from 12 to 24 inches for the Cortland area through Sunday.
A strengthening storm system will track east from the Great Plains today and produce widespread hazardous winter weather from the Midwest into the Northeast through the weekend. An outbreak of arctic air will follow on the heels of this system. pic.twitter.com/smS0ePO7OZ
— NWS WPC (@NWSWPC) January 18, 2019
The heaviest snow is expected to fall Saturday evening into Sunday morning. Snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour are expected during this time. Some sleet and freezing rain is possible for parts of northeastern Pennsylvania.
Winds are expected to pick up considerably Sunday afternoon, with gusts up to 35 mph causing blowing snow. Dangerously low wind chills of 15 to 35 below zero are forecast Sunday night through Monday. While winds will calm down Monday night, temperatures will still be near or below zero for lows.
The National Weather Service recommends avoiding travel if possible, but if you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.