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December 7, 2010

Snow blankets area, with more predicted for today

The official start of winter may be two weeks away, but it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas -- or maybe the middle of January.

With more lake effect snow expected to pump across the region, today could be a replay of Monday, according to the National Weather Service in Binghamton.

The wind-driven snow continued for a second day Monday, and snowfall amounts varied widely based on location and terrain. Sherburne had gotten 10 inches by late Monday afternoon, while Walton and Oxford picked up 5 inches. Wells Bridge had 6 inches, and a spot in the town of Kortright at 1,800 feet in elevation picked up a foot, according to the NWS.

A lake effect snow warning is in effect until 6 a.m. today for Chenango, Otsego and Schoharie counties, and 5 to 8 inches were expected in some areas overnight.

A lake effect snow advisory also is in effect for Delaware County.

Temperatures are not expected to get above freezing until Saturday, and overnight lows will be in the teens, the seven-day forecast from the NWS states.

But an East Coast storm may bring more of the white stuff to the region by the end of the weekend or early next week.

"We're watching that," NWS meteorologist Daniel Padavona said Monday night.

Preliminary forecast models suggest a big storm may be brewing.

"That's a long way off to nail at this point," Padavona said.

What is clear is the lake effect snow remains a concern across the region through midweek. Overnight Monday, 2 to 4 inches was forecast to fall in Oneonta, which could pick up a smaller amount of accumulation during the day today. Winds could gust as high as 32 mph today, according to the NWS forecast.

A lake effect snow warning means significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel very hazardous or impossible. A lake effect snow advisory means snow is forecast that could make travel difficult.

Under both NWS alerts, motorists are advised that blowing snow and reduced visibility could create treacherous driving conditions.

By Wednesday, the lake effect potential diminishes, but is still present, Padavona said.

There is nothing out of the ordinary for a spell of winter weather at this time of year, he said

"It's not unusual at all," Padavona said.

High temperatures reached the mid-20s Monday and more of the same was expected for the rest of the week.

State police in Oneonta reported 10 to 15 weather-related crashes, but none were said to be serious.

Otsego County 911 reported about a dozen crashes, mostly minor accidents on Interstate 88.

State troopers in Sidney reported no major problems.

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