A winter storm that arrived in the area Wednesday is on track to bring about 12 inches of snow and extreme cold to some locations, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Binghamton said Thursday.
The agency issued a winter storm warning in effect until today at 10 a.m. About half of the expected snow had fallen late Thursday afternoon, meteorologist Mike Nadolski said. It was expected to continue until about 10 p.m. before tapering off and ending Friday morning.
As the snow ends, extremely cold air will move into the area, Nadolski said. Northwest winds of 14 to 17 miles per hour could bring wind chills as low as minus 22 degrees today. The high today is 2 degrees, and the low is minus 10. The next storm could arrive in the area Sunday night, Nadolski said, but it’s too early to say whether it will bring more precipitation.
Police said at 9 p.m. that towing was scheduled to begin after 10 p.m. Drivers should slow down and avoid unnecessary travel in such bad weather, said Lt. Douglas Brenner of the Oneonta Police Department.
Cold temperatures and snow statewide led Gov. Andrew Cuomo to declare a state of emergency Thursday. A travel advisory was issued for Otsego County, according to a release from the county sheriff also issued Thursday at 3:30 p.m. It means that while roads are not closed, driving conditions could be hazardous. Area emergency service dispatchers reported numerous minor traffic accidents, but no serious injuries.
City of Oneonta finance director Meg Hungerford said that with the start of a new budget year, finances were not an issue in making sure snow removal proceeded smoothly. The city recently replenished its road-salt supply so there was no problem in that area either, she said.
Although no power outages were expected, Delaware County emergency services director Steve Hood urged people who are using additional heat sources to follow manufacturers’ instructions to protect against fire and carbon-monoxide poisoning.