First Winter Storm Hits Upstate New York


Main roads around the Finger Lakes have greatly improved since this morning. There are still lots of drifts on side streets, country roads and parking lots. It was just a little too much snow for most of us. Forecaster Kevin Williams says the system has now slid on out of here.


Authorities are urging motorists to stay off the roads as this winter's first major snowstorm hits upstate New York.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning from 7 p.m. Wednesday to 7 p.m. Thursday.

Snow arrived in bursts Wednesday evening and change to sleet and freezing rain overnight below the Capital region, where 6 to 12 inches of snow was expected, and to the east. Higher elevations in the mountains could see as much as 20 inches and the general forecast called for 8 to 16 elsewhere in eastern New York.


Greg Davidson of Finger Lakes Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Seneca Falls Wednesday night tries to keep ahead of the storm.


Crews in Waterloo were out all night clearing the snow on village streets.  Photos by Greg Cotterill, Finger Lakes News Radio.

Ten to 18 inches of snow fell in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier, 8 to 16 in western New York and 7 to 14 in the north country.

Because of the inclement weather, Thursday’s games for the 40th Cayuga County Holiday Tournament has been postponed and will be made up on Friday and Saturday.

The varsity girls championship game, scheduled for Thursday night, will now be played Saturday afternoon at 2:30 pm.

The girls jv championship game will now be played Friday at 2:30 pm.

The boys varsity championship game will still be played Saturday evening at 7:30 pm.

Teams in this tournament are Weedsport, Port Byron, Union Springs and Southern Cayuga. Many of this years varsity games can be heard on WAUB 98.1 FM/1590 AM.

The 2nd Annual Dundee Alumni Game has been postponed to Friday.

The gym will be open at 5:30pm with the Women’s Division playing the first game at 6pm, followed by the Young Men’s game and then the Old Men’s Game.

All Alumni are welcome even if they did not have a chance to pre-register. Odd Graduating Years will be wearing white, Even Graduating years will be wearing dark shirts.




1245PM  update

Here's Kevin Williams current thinking on the storm as of 12:45PM (WED) .




A winter storm warning has been issued for most of the region by the National Weather Service in Binghamton, starting at 2 p.m. Wednesday and continuing through 1 p.m. Thursday.

The Finger Lakes and the Elmira and Corning areas are expected to get heavy #00cc00; padding: 0px 0px 1px ! important; color: #009900; background-color: transparent;">snow — 2-3 inches an hour, according to the warning.

Snowfall estimates from the National Weather Service


Accumulations are expected to range from 8 inches of snow in eastern Tioga County, N.Y., to 18 inches in western Steuben County.

The snowfall is expected to start on Wednesday afternoon and become progressively heavier through the night with the heaviest snowfall predicted between 9 p.m. Wednesday and 1 a.m. Thursday.

Temperature will be in the 20s and winds will be 5-15 mph with gusts of up to 30 mph.

Listen to Kevin Williams detailed weather forecast.

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