Winter storm warning issued for Cortland County

Snowfall total estimates for Cortland County through Saturday afternoon (National Weather Service, Binghamton, NY)

CORTLAND, N.Y. — A winter storm warning has been issued for Cortland County from 2 a.m. Friday through 8 a.m. Saturday.

Heavy snow is expected, with total accumulations of 5-9 inches in the lower elevations and up to 9-15 inches over higher terrain, forecasters said.

Wind gusts as high as 45 mph are expected Friday afternoon and in the evening, causing areas of blowing and drifting snow.

The warning is also in effect for Chenango, Madison and Onondaga counties.

Rain will begin to change to occasionally heavy snow late tonight into early Friday morning, then a brief lull with lighter snow is expected late Friday morning into the early afternoon.

Another round of steady, occasionally snow will develop Friday evening and last into the overnight hours. Snowfall rates may reach 1 inch per hour during this time. Snow will taper to light snow showers and flurries by Saturday morning.

No travel advisories have been issued at this time.