Don’t panic! Ithaca’s first snow of the season won’t be a big deal

It’s likely to snow overnight tonight, but for most of the Ithaca area there will be little (if any) accumulation, and the snow should change over to rain by morning. The best chance for pure snow is between 1am and 4am, according to the National Weather Service.

Forecasters say up to a half inch of snow could accumulate overnight, but it’s likely to wash away as the early morning precipitation changes over to sleet and rain, which should be by 8am.

Finger Lakes Weather meteorologist Drew Montreuil says most of the snow accumulation will be west and east of Ithaca. “By sunrise Thursday morning, most of the Finger Lakes should be seeing rain, with snow limited to areas east of I-81,” Drew says.

Temperatures hovering around the freezing mark could mean that surfaces that freeze first, like bridges and overpasses, will be slick overnight and early tomorrow morning. We hear that the New York State Department of Transportation has treated some area roads with salt brine to help keep roadways from freezing tonight.

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