December 6, 2021

Snow is coming

Weather service says prepare for sloppy conditions

Stock image of winter roads

Break out the gloves, coat, boots and the snow brush because the National Weather Service is calling “a little bit of everything,” tonight into Tuesday as a winter weather advisory remains in effect from 1 p.m. today until 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The greater Cortland area will see mostly rain today before 1 p.m. and temperatures around the mid-30s, said meteorologist Theodore Champney.

This evening a wintery mix of freezing rain, snow and sleet, along with dropping temperatures will affect road conditions.

“It’s going to be a sloppy night tonight with the mixed the precipitation and the roads freezing,” Champney said.

Temperatures will continue to drop throughout the night, getting to around 32 degrees by 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. and then to the 20s by midnight and continuing into Tuesday. The wintry mix will turn into all snow by 1 a.m. and remain that way until Tuesday morning.

Cortland County is expected to see 3 to 5 inches of snow. If you’re heading toward, Tully expect more like 6 to 7 inches.

“A slight shift north or south could make a difference in snowfall amounts,” Champey said.
Tuesday temperatures will remain in the low 20s and then dip to around 10 degrees Tuesday night.

The weather service said plan for slippery road conditions both tonight and during Tuesday’s morning commute.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 17% of all vehicle crashes occur during winter conditions.

Here are some safety tips:

  • Drive slowly.
  • Increase following distance.
  • Give yourself more time to get places.
  • Stock your car with winter and emergency supplies, including a first aid kit and snow brush.
  • Make sure your cars maintenance is kept up.