We have gone from an Advisory to a Watch and now the National Weather Service calls it a Winter Storm Warning. Snowfall totals could be near a foot. An even greater concern will be ice coupled with strong winds.

WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT FRIDAY NIGHT.

* WHAT...Heavy mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 9 inches with localized amounts up to 12 inches and ice accumulations of up to three-tenths of an inch. Winds gusts of 40 to 50 mph Friday afternoon.

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* WHERE...Northern Oneida-Seneca-Southern Cayuga-Onondaga-Tompkins-Madison-Southern Oneida-Cortland-Northern Herkimer-Hamilton-Southern Herkimer-Northern Warren

* IMPACTS...Travel will be difficult, especially during the Friday morning and midday commute. Heavy snow combined with gusty winds will cause scattered power outages. Morning snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour may make travel nearly impossible.

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Winter Weather Preparation:

  • Keep your cell phone charged and make sure you know where your backup power supply is.
  • Make sure all your flashlights have fresh batteries.
  • Fill your gas tank. You can use your car to keep warm and recharge devices.
  • Have some food available that you don’t need to cook.

**FOR POWER OUTAGES:


Get up to information on power outages throughout Central New York; where it’s out and when it’ll be restored with National Grid’s Power Outage Map.

National Grid also offers text alerts on the latest efforts to restore power.

To receive free text message alerts and updates, text the word STORM to NGRID (64743). E-mail alerts are available to customers who create an online profile on the company’s website. All alert services can be started and stopped at the customer’s request.

You can even report power outages or get the latest information at National Grid’s website.

Power Outage Preparation:

*Keep your cell phone charged and make sure you know where your backup power supply is.

*Make sure all your flashlights have fresh batteries.

*Fill your gas tank. You can use your car to keep warm and recharge devices.

*Have some food available that you don’t need to cook.