October 22, 2021

Snow blankets region

Forecast calls for brief warm-up at end of week

Kevin Conlon/city editor

Cody Salisbury of Homer pushes his 3-year-old son, Baylor, down the sledding hill at Beaudry Park in Cortland on Wednesday afternoon.

Cody Salisbury of Homer gently pushed his 3-year-old son, Baylor, from the top of a sledding hill at Beaudry Park in Cortland on Wednesday, taking advantage of more than 20 inches of snow that had fallen on the city since Monday.

“I’m a teacher, so I got a snow day,” said Salisbury, a special education teacher for Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES. “You can’t beat that.”

It was actually the second consecutive consecutive snow day for Salisbury during the prolonged storm. He and Baylor planned to head home for lunch, then they planned to build a snow fort.

Snowfall totals varied significantly in the area, from 22 inches in Homer at 7 a.m. Wednesday to 14.5 inches in Cortlandville near Walden Oaks Country Club at about 3:30 p.m., said Adam Gill, a meteorologist for the Weather Service.

Lake effect snow off Skaneateles Lake probably contributed to the higher snowfall in Homer, Gill said.

Another inch to three inches is expected tonight into Friday, he said.

While greater Cortland area residents were digging out of the fluffy white stuff Wednesday or finding ways to enjoy its arrival, a brief warmup is expected, according to the National Weather Service, which is forecasting a high temperature of 38 degrees Friday. Weekend highs are expected to be in the mid-20s.

“It will warm up but not enough to cause any melting at all,” Gill said. The snowpack may condense by about 5 inches during the warmer weather Friday, he said.

Shovel it while it’s still light and fluffy. Cortland Fire Chief Wayne Friedman advised people to take simple safety steps:

• Monitor yourself when shoveling. It is physically exerting. Hydrate and take frequent breaks.

• Check on your neighbor, especially seniors or people with limited mobility.

• Shovel fire hydrants near your home.

• Clear any exhaust or air intakes for furnaces or stoves.