Grab the shovel: A foot of snow on the way

02.04.14 | Bob Price

Fire up the snow blower and be careful on the roads: a foot of snow is on the way.

The National Weather Service at Greater Binghamton Airport is forecasting 10 to 14 inches of snow throughout the region, expected to start between 10 p.m. and midnight and continuing through Wednesday. A winter storm warning will be in effect through 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The snow will hinder travel in a big way Wednesday morning, due to snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour, according to the weather service. The heaviest snow is expected to fall between 3 and 11 a.m. Wednesday.

The storm is expected to bring the most widespread, heavy snowfall the region has seen in the past few years, according to the weather service.

By late morning Tuesday, U.S. Airways had already canceled a late-night incoming flight at Greater Binghamton Airport and a 7 a.m. Wednesday flight. Schools are expected to make their closings announcements Wednesday morning, although some Elmira area events have already been canceled.

One to 3 inches are expected to fall between the start of the storm and 3 a.m., with 5 to 8 inches from 3 to 11 a.m., another 1 to 3 inches between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., and less than an inch Wednesday night. On the plus side, winds aren’t expected to be strong and ice isn’t expected to be a factor.

So far, the weather service’s Binghamton office has recorded more than 48 inches of snow this winter, more than 7 inches above normal. Last year, more than 37 inches fell by this time, according to weather service data.

Wednesday will see highs in the lower 30s. On the other side of the storm, temperatures will be cooler. Wednesday night’s lows are expected to range from 12 to 13 degrees, and Thursday will see highs in the mid-20s, with overnight lows from 2 to 5 above, weather service forecasts show.

Highs will remain in the mid to upper 20s through Monday, forecasts show. There’s another chance of snow Saturday night through Monday.