Greater Binghamton Area Under Winter Storm Warning
According to the National Weather Service in Binghamton, we're under a Winter Storm Warning for Northern Oneida, Onondaga, Madison, Southern Oneida, Cortland, Chenango, Otsego, Tioga and Broome Counties until 10pm on Wednesday night.
WBNG says we could get up to 12 inches of snow along with sleet and freezing rain. Forecasters are also keeping an eye on a storm that could bring another 1-3 inches of snow this Friday. If you're keeping track, that's a rough total of up to 15 inches of snow by the weekend.
The National Weather Service Binghamton office warns that travel could be quite hazardous at times today, especially between 9am and 3pm when snow is expected to fall at rates of 1-2 inches an hour.
If you can't remember what a "watch" is and what a "warning" is, here's a simple way to differentiate between the two: "Warning" has more letters in it than "watch," so that helps me remember a warning is worse than a watch. If you want to get technical, a "warning" means that: the weather element (snow, hurricane, flood, tornado etc) is happening right this very second someplace within the radar field. A "watch" means that: if all the weather elements line up the way they're supposed to, there's a good possibility for the weather element to happen.
If you've got an appointment today, whether it be with a doctor or with the courts, it might not be a bad idea to call ahead and make sure that your appointment is still on, as several businesses and organizations have closed.
Also, keep in mind that there's a chance for power outages as heavy snow and ice finds its way to the Southern Tier. If the power goes out in your home or business, you can call NYSEG at 800-572-1131 to report it so that crews can get to work on restoration.
Waverly is under a snow emergency and this means that ALL vehicles must be off the streets no later than 11am today.
The City of Binghamton is asking people to clear the streets of vehicles and use off-street parking, whether in your own driveway or in a public lot of city park until 6pm on Thursday, February 8th. Alternate side parking rules will be strictly enforced- translation: if you're not parked on the proper side of the street, you will be issued a ticket. Keep in mind if you park in a city garage or lot, you will be charged a fee.
Village of Johnson City residents are asked to move vehicles off the streets so that the plows can get through and to help make sure emergency vehicles can get through in case of emergencies. DO NOT blow or shovel snow into the roads or you will be fined. Alternate side parking is in effect and you should remember that there is no parking on red line streets or snow emergency routes after 2 inches of snow. If you're parked in one of these areas, you will be fined and/or towed. All municipal parking lots will be free to park in all day on Wednesday, February 8th, and Thursday, February 9th.