Tompkins County Sheriff Ken Lansing asked area residents to “avoid unnecessary travel” and “try to be off the roads by noon” earlier, and has now issued an order to close county roads at 3pm.
The Sheriff’s order says, “Travel is restricted to emergency personnel and others performing actions to protect lives, prevent incident or protect property. Roads are limited to travel by citizens that are coming from work or during necessary health/safety travel.”
Gusty winds this afternoon and tonight through tomorrow could create significant blowing and drifting of snow, and whiteout conditions.
Update: TCAT had reduced service earlier this afternoon, but suspended service at about 3:30pm, saying “conditions have deteriorated rapidly.” They say they are staging buses at the Green Street and Seneca Street stations to keep passengers warm, and “as soon as roads are deemed safer and passable, we will make every effort to transport passengers to their destinations.”
Tomorrow, TCAT says Routes 81 and 83 will not have morning service, and Route 82 will begin at 10am.
The City of Ithaca has closed all city offices, as well as the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) and the Ithaca Youth Bureau. City of Ithaca trash collection is suspended for Wednesday, and trash pickup will be delayed one day for the rest of the week.
In addition to the free parking in three City of Ithaca garages tonight, the Ithaca Marriott on the Commons is offering an $89 “snow rate” for those stuck downtown tonight.
If you’re downtown, there’s a snowball fight at Dewitt Park at 5pm!
Papa John’s Pizza and Ithaca To Go were both delivering today, but we expect all deliveries are ending at 3pm when the roads close.
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.