The Ithaca City School District and just about all the other schools in the region have closed for today. TC3 and Ithaca College are closed, as well.
The National Weather Service has updated its forecast warning of “near blizzard to blizzard conditions” due to high winds along with anticipated heavy snows. The heaviest snow is to Ithaca’s southeast, with a band likely to get 2-3 inches per hour from 6-9am. Ithaca should see 1-2 inches per hour.
Gusty winds this afternoon and tonight through tomorrow could create significant blowing and drifting of snow, and whiteout conditions.
Ithaca College is already on spring break, but Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3) says students in the residence halls can still get meals at the TC3 Eatery from 10am to 2pm on an emergency closing day.
The City of Ithaca has closed all city offices, as well as the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) and the Ithaca Youth Bureau.
TCAT says all of their bus lines are running this morning, but commuters should expect delays.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency for New York State, which makes state resources available to counties and towns. Officials suggest avoiding unnecessary travel, but there is not a statewide travel ban.