Winter Storm Landon Staggers Toward Twin Tiers
Winter Storm Landon is acting like a guest at a Groundhog Day party who has had too much celebration: hard to predict where they’re going and the possible outcome.
If the latest winter storm wobbles to the north by a few miles, it could mean more in the way of mixed precipitation while a stumble more to the south could mean more inches of snow to shovel.
The Winter Weather Advisories now extend to all the Twin Tiers from 1 a.m. February 3 through 3 p.m. Friday, February 4 with a Winter Storm Warning in Cortland County.
For now, the National Weather Service is predicting possibly 7 inches or more of snow for the watch area while 9 to 12 inches is possible in warning areas.
In the 4 a.m., February 2 statement, the National Weather Service in Binghamton said light mixed precipitation was expected to start overnight February 2 into February 3. Forecasters say the main round of snow, sleet and freezing rain will be on Thursday afternoon and night before turning to all snow on Friday morning.
Landon, however, could dump more snow than sleet and freezing rain in the colder areas and those lines could shift with just a movement of the system by a few miles.
The actual forecast for the Binghamton area was putting accumulations at less than an inch for Wednesday night and Thursday with the accumulation possibility for sleet and snow jumping to three inches for Thursday night.
Anyone with travel plans to the north or west of Binghamton should be aware those areas are under Winter Storm Warnings with the forecast for up to a foot of snow from Syracuse to Buffalo.
The New York State Department of Transportation says it’s ready for whatever Landon has in store with over 2,100 pieces of snow moving equipment gassed up, serviced and ready to go statewide. D.O.T. Region 9 Public Information Specialist, Scott Cook says over 200 pieces of equipment are standing by at the ready in the seven-county zone with over 400 operators and supervisors in the region to work two, 12-hour shifts for 24-hour-a-day coverage. 51,000 tons of salt are on hand to treat thousands of miles of road.
The D.O.T is advising motorists to stay off the roads during the storm if possible. Anyone needing to venture out should plan ahead and leave lots of time to get where they are going.
The D.O.T. says "Give our trucks plenty of room. Don't try to pass a plow - you're safer in the treated and plowed lane" traveling a safe distance behind the equipment.