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March 1, 2014

NWS: Area could dodge major storm

The winter storm expected in this area Sunday through Monday could bring 1 to 3 inches of snow, according to a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Binghamton.

The storm is forming in the Atlantic Ocean and will strengthen as it moves northeast. If the current models hold, the heaviest snows, possibly more than a foot, could fall in the Middle Atlantic states, meteorologist Dan Padavona said.

So far, weather in February has been colder and snowier than normal, according to statistics from the agency through Thursday. The temperature was 4.7 degrees below the normal average of 24.7. Snowfall was 26.1 inches, nine inches more than normal.

David Mattice, a National Weather Service observer in Emmons, agreed that February was much colder and snowier than normal. It was a continuation of January weather, he said, which was also often cold and nasty.

“It’s been a good old-fashioned winter,” he said.

The Associated Press reported Friday that this year’s unusually bitter winter has spurred an increase in travel to warm-weather vacation sites. The website found the number of hotel bookings in warm-weather spots made by customers from Illinois, New York, Massachusetts and the Washington, D.C., area rose 7 percent in January compared with last year. Florida state officials said hotel bookings in the state rose 3 percent in the four weeks ending Feb. 15 compared with the same period last year.

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