A historic snowstorm continues to pound Central New York and Northeast Pennsylvania early this evening.
A band of very heavy snow, with snowfall rates of 1 to 3 inches per hour and locally higher, continues to hammer Central New York and the northern tier of Pennsylvania, mainly near and east of the Interstate 81 corridor.
This band is likely to move little through 10 pm, with a slow weakening trend anticipated between 10 pm and 2 am. Additional snowfall of 3 to 6 inches is expected in many places through 2 am, with local totals up to 8 inches.
As of 6 pm, widespread storm totals of 15 to 30 inches have been observed, with localized totals in the 30 to 35 inch range.
At the National Weather Service office near the Binghamton Regional Airport, a storm total of 26.4″ was measured as of 6 pm.
This eclipses the previous 24-hour snowfall record of 23.0″, which was set in 1961.
Obviously, this total will go higher this evening.
Later Tuesday night, although snow is expected to continue, it will turn lighter in intensity.
However, it needs to be emphasized that as the snow tapers down later tonight, winds are likely to increase, with gusts of 30 to 40 mph becoming more common. This will lead to substantial blowing and drifting, which will seriously hamper efforts to clear roadways.
Travel is highly discouraged, except in cases of emergency.
Driving conditions are very difficult, at best, and completely impassable, at worst.
Little, if any improvement is expected in travel conditions overnight and early Wednesday, with increased drifting.
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