Gusty wind and wet snow result in power outages across Ithaca

Saturday night’s wintry storm, which dropped a few inches of heavy, wet snow across the Finger Lakes, has also left a swath of Ithaca without power.

Wet SnowNew York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) reports a total of 529 customers in the City of Ithaca are without power on Sunday morning, out of a total of 642 across Tompkins County.

Affected areas are mostly around Downtown Ithaca, Fall Creek and Ithaca’s northside, including businesses in Dewitt Mall. Café Dewitt reports they are closed today. The Town of Enfield, west of Ithaca, has 78 customers without power, and there are a few dozen around the Town of Lansing, Town of Ithaca, and in Dryden and Newfield areas.

The National Weather Service in Binghamton reports 3-5 inches of snow fell across most of Central New York last night, and winds in the area range from 30 to nearly 50mph this morning. Forecasters say winds in the Ithaca area will peak with gusts about 49mph, but little to no additional snow is expected today.

This morning’s gusty winds are adding to the problem of heavy, wet snow on power lines and tree branches, resulting in snapped lines. If you discover a downed power line, don’t approach it. Call NYSEG at 800-572-1131 to report an electricity emergency, or in a life-threatening situation, call 911.

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