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Nor’Easter Headed Our Way; NWS Says 1-2 Inches An Hour Possible in Some Areas

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The National Weather Service upgraded the Winter Watch to a warning as the chances for heavy snowfall have risen.

The warning will be in effect until 8 am on Wednesday morning. (3/15)

The Binghamton Weather Office reports we could see anywhere from 9 to 18 inches of snow and more than 20 inches in the higher elevations, with winds gusting to 40 miles an hour.

Cortland, along with Northern Onieda, Southern Cayuga, Onondaga, Tompklins, Madison, Southern Onieda, Chenango, Otsego, Delaware and Sullivan counties are also included in the Central New York warning area.

With this warning the NWS Binghamton office also reports that travel could be very difficult to impossible as blowing snow will reduce visibility. The wind and weight of the snow could have the potential to bring down power lines, creating scattered outages. 1 to 2 inches an hour is possible and is expected to taper off later on Tuesday.

In a statement, National Grid says they’ve increased the field force and extended evening and overnight work shifts through Wednesday in preparation for a significant winter storm.

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