By Mark Boshnack
The Daily Star
---- — A winter storm expected to arrive today could bring 8 to 12 inches of snow to the area before Saturday morning, the National Weather Service in Binghamton said. The agency has issued a winter storm warning for this area, from 10 a.m. today to 7 a.m. Saturday.
Light snow or flurries should develop Friday morning, with steadier and heavier snow likely starting between noon and 3 p.m. today, the NWS said. Snowfall could be at the rate of an inch or more per hour tonight.
Temperatures will be in the lower 30s this afternoon then drop quickly into the teens and lower 20s tonight, the weather service said. A winter storm warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice are expected, with strong winds also possible. This will make travel hazardous or impossible, the weather service said.
With the possibility of the storm, the city of Oneonta issued a media release reminding residents that it is prohibited to leave any vehicle parked, standing, unattended or abandoned on any public street or highway within the city during a snowstorm or after snow of at least 2½ inches. This will continue until the snow is plowed and removed from the streets by the Department of Public Service, and if applicable a snow emergency declaration has been lifted.
Cars may be parked in all three levels of the municipal parking garage and in the Damaschke Field parking lot in Neahwa Park.
Snow will not change plans for the Cooperstown Winter Carnival, event co-chair Sarah Lewandowski said.
“I don’t anticipate any changes to the schedule,” Lewandowski said. “When you have a winter carnival, you have to be ready for winter weather. We’re going to do everything on schedule. We’ll just do it with an extra foot of snow.
“Obviously, the biggest thing is if people are able to turn out,” she continued. “We want everyone to drive safe, but we want them to know that if they can make it, we will be there.”
The weather led the Sidney Memorial Public Library to reschedule the nature slideshow planned for Saturday to 1 p.m. Feb. 16.