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January 16, 2013

NWS says cold snap coming

The fast-moving storm blowing into the area today will signal a drop in temperatures that will last beyond the weekend, according to the National Weather Service at Binghamton. 

Winter Storm Helen hit Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas on Tuesday morning, bringing freezing rain, sleet and snow to the region and causing multiple accidents. The storm is expected to reach the Northeast today. 

The highest snowfall levels are expected to come close the the local area, but not hit it squarely. Up to six inches is predicted for the Poconos and parts of the Catskills, and some parts of southern New Hampshire. Other areas of the Northeast are expected to see between 1 and 4 inches of snow. 

The NWS issued a hazardous weather statement on Tuesday that warned of 2 to 4 inches of snow possible during the day today for a region that includes Chenango, Delaware and Otsego counties. 

Snow is forecast to continue off and on for the next seven days, with Saturday’s sunny high of 38 looking like a high point. The mercury will dip down after that, with forecast highs for the next few days remaining below freezing, and lows down in the single digits. 

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