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March 13, 2014

Forecasters: Storm will freeze roads

The National Weather Service has cautioned area residents of snowfall that could last through today at 8 a.m.

A couple of cancellations Wednesday were reported as a result of the forecast, but emergency dispatchers reported no accidents from the storm by 9 p.m. Wednesday.

In Otsego and Chenango counties, a winter-storm warning remains in effect until today at 8 a.m., the forecast from the National Weather Service at Binghamton said. Precipitation was supposed to change to snow by 5 p.m. Wednesday with snow being heavy at times through the night.

Accumulations could range between six and 14 inches. Temperatures in the lower 30s are forecast today, and are expected to fall into the single digits late that night and winds gusting up to 35 miles per hour. Rapid cooling may cause roads to freeze quickly; travel was hazardous Wednesday night with drifting and blowing snow.

A hazardous weather advisory was issued by the National Weather Service for Delaware County, with rain expected to change to snow between 4 and 9 p.m. Accumulations from 3-7 inches are expected, with other conditions being similar with other area counties.

Otsego County Emergency Services Coordinator Kevin Ritton said at about 4 p.m, he was still waiting to see when the snow would arrive, but said he had reports if it already reaching the northern part of Otsego County. Minor flooding has been reported in isolated cases, but the biggest danger was black ice if the temperature drops too quickly.

Delaware County Emergency Service Director Steve Hood said according to the latest report he was expecting about 6-8 inches in the county. No flooding had been reported.

SUNY Oneonta meteorology professor Jerome Blechman said Wednesday afternoon the center of the storm was just north of Pittsburgh. This was north of where it was expected when the National Weather Service made predictions earlier in the week. That’s always the danger in making advanced forecasts, he said.

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