National Weather Service issues Winter Storm Warning

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Road crews will be busy if the storm brings the amount of snow projected by the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow which is in effect from 8 p.m. Monday to 8 p.m. EDT Wednesday for much of Central New York, including Yates County. The Winter Storm Watch is no longer in effect.

The warning calls for heavy snow, as well as significant blowing and drifting with storm totals of 10 to 15 inches by Wednesday, with localized amounts up to 18 inches, especially over the higher elevations.

Snow is expected to develop over the region later Monday evening, generally after 11 p.m. to midnight. Snow will become heavy at times overnight and on Tuesday. Snowfall rates of around an inch per hour are quite possible. Steady, although somewhat lighter snow, will continue Tuesday night and Wednesday, with additional accumulations.

Travel will become quite difficult, with snow covered, slippery roads, and poor visibilities. Increasing winds late Tuesday through Wednesday will create significant blowing and drifting snow, particularly in more open areas.

Wind will be North 5 to 15 mph, with gusts up to 25 mph, especially from later Tuesday through Wednesday. Temperatures will range from the teens to mid 20s.