February 2, 2011
Round 2 of winter storm packs lighter punch
Forecasters had called for up to 8 inches but most of precipitation came as freezing rain
The worst of the winter storm has passed, but forecasters say Cortland County residents should expect between an inch or two of lake effect snow tonight.
Cortland received less snow than expected Tuesday night, as warm air in the atmosphere turned snow into freezing rain, according to the National Weather Service.
On Tuesday, forecasters projected between 5 to 8 inches of snow to hit the Cortland area. Mitch Gilt, a hydrometeorologist for the National Weather Service in Binghamton, did not have snowfall totals but said most of the precipitation was freezing rain.
“There was definitely much less snow and more sleet,” Gilt said.
Several local highway officials were not available for comment by press time.
Cortland Mayor Susan Feiszli said she was told the city Department of Public Works would work until 11 p.m. Tuesday night, and then take a break until 3 a.m. today. The crews would then work until the storm was finished.
The storm led to the closing of schools in Cortland and Tompkins counties.
Gilt said the worst of the storm has passed, and said he expected between an inch to two inches of lake effect snow to fall in the region tonight.
Despite slick roads, authorities did not report any weather-related accidents.
Temperatures are expected to drop tonight into the teens and forecasters predict a wind chill value of minus 1, according to the weather service.
Forecasters said Cortland County residents should expect snow showers to pick up around 9 p.m., but to leave only an inch overnight and less than a half-inch on Thursday.
Thursday is expected to bring clearer skies and temperatures in the mid-20s, according to the National Weather Service.
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