Late morning snow and evening wintry mix likely for Ithaca area

The National Weather Service in Binghamton has issued a winter weather advisory that’s in effect from 10am today until 2am tonight, with light snow likely to give way to light sleet or freezing rain.

“Fairly light” but “steady snow” should start in the Ithaca area around 11am, according to meteorologist Drew Montreuil of Finger Lakes Weather. As upper air temperatures start to rise above freezing but surface temperatures remain at or below freezing, we can expect “a period of icy mix throughout the Finger Lakes,” says Drew, as the snow turns to sleet or freezing rain.

A wind advisory is in effect for our area, as well. Winds up to 30mph with gusts up to 50mph are likely from late afternoon through tonight. The National Weather Service says the combination of ice and snow accumulation and strong winds, especially at higher altitudes, “may lead to scattered power outages.”

The NWS says the snow is likely to transition to sleet or freezing rain for mid-afternoon and evening, before becoming rain tonight. They expect less than an inch of snow accumulation in Ithaca, and it’s likely to wash away overnight.

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