It's no joke: Winter Weather Advisory forecasts snow for Southern Tier

Neal Simon
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin

It’s no April Fool’s joke.

Just as the calendar turns from March to April, snow is in the forecast for the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions of New York.

The National Weather Service in Binghamton has issued a Winter Weather Advisory beginning at 11 p.m. tonight and lasting until 5 p.m. Thursday, covering all of the Southern Tier, the western Catskill and the Northern Tier of northeast Pennsylvania. 

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The Central New York region is forecast to receive the largest snow totals, with eight inches or more possible between tonight and late Thursday afternoon, the Weather Service said. Syracuse is in store for six to eight inches of snow, forecasters said.

More moderate snow totals are predicted for the Southern Tier, with Elmira expecting the highest totals of up to five inches of the white stuff, according to the National Weather Service.

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A mixture of rain and snow is expected to transition to just snow at around 3 a.m. Thursday in Elmira, followed by more snowfall during the day on Thursday.

Snowfall forecasts across the region include four inches in Binghamton and three inches in Corning and Hornell.

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Expect a heavy, wet snow, great for making snowballs, but difficult to shovel and challenging on roadways, Weather Service scientists said.

“There is high moisture and it’s not incredibly cold. So the snow is going to be made up of more water,” said Jake Chalupsky, a Binghamton-based National Weather Service meteorologist. “When we say wet, what we mean is that the snow is going to be moisture-rich.

"When it’s going to be heavy and wet, we really emphasize that because that’s when you get a lot of instances of people shoveling, it’s a heavier snow, and it can cause more health issues.”

Meanwhile, the snow is not expected to be around long-term. The National Weather Service predicts accumulation will taper off late Thursday and warmer temperatures are in the offing next week.

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