The National Weather Service office in Binghamton has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Cortland and surrounding counties. The Watch will be in effect from Monday afternoon through Tuesday afternoon.
Forecasters expect heavy wet snow, sleet and strong winds, with potential accumulations of 6 to 12 inches. Locally higher snowfall amounts are possible. The heaviest accumulations will be over higher terrain, with lower amounts in valleys.
Rain will develop by early Monday but become mixed with snow and sleet from east to west through the day as colder airs moves in.
Some freezing rain will also be possible during the transition but this does not appear to be the main threat.
By early Monday evening, most of the region will be seeing snow mixed with sleet.
Snow and sleet, heavy and times, will continue Monday night into early Tuesday before diminishing from west to east from midday Tuesday into the afternoon.
Snow and sleet accumulations will make many roads treacherous and travel very dangerous by late Monday and continuing Tuesday.
The storm will be accompanied by strong winds which will add to the impact of the heavy west snow and ice, possibly leading to power outages. Winds will be from the Northeast at 15-25 mph with gusts of 35-45 mph.
Temperatures will be in the low to mid 30s.
The National Weather Service reminds that a Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for heavy snow, sleet, or ice accumulations that would impact travel.
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