Winter returns; more snow likely

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As the Christmas carol goes, “Let it snow. Let it snow. Let it snow.”

And that is exactly what Mother Nature has in mind as she has already dumped anywhere between 3-8 inches of white stuff across central New York overnight, with more on the way today and tomorrow, and possibly later in the weekend, according to National Weather Service at Binghamton Meteorologist Michael Murphy.

With the average being 3-8 inches, “some places have gotten even more than that already,” Murphy said.

For the remainder of today, about 1-3 inches of snow was expected to fall for most of the county, he said, with an additional 2-4 inches overnight.

Murphy said area residents can expect another 1-3 inches of
snow on top of that on Wednesday.
So will it be a white Christmas after all?

The meteorologist said it’s looking like a really good possibility.

“It doesn’t look like the temperatures are going up anytime soon, so whatever falls now is going to be staying for a while,” Murphy said. “It looks like it may be getting a little warmer toward Sunday to Tuesday, but your warmest will most likely be in the mid-30s, and you may even get a little light snow on Sunday and Monday.”

According to AccuWeather, today’s high of 38 degrees is expected to plummet down to highs in the lower 20s Wednesday through Friday. Temperatures aren’t expected to rise back into the lower 30s until Sunday.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warming that will remain in effect until approximately 6 p.m. Wednesday. The advisory warns that travel conditions will be difficult, with 3-6 inches of snow through today south of the State Thruway, and between 6-9 inches through the day north of the Thruway. A lake effect system tonight through Wednesday will bring the additional 3-6 inches expected for the region.

Travelers should also be cautious of the possibility of blowing and drifting snow, with wind gusts expected to reach up to 35 mph, the warning said.

According to the warning, the effected areas are Oneida, Seneca, Southern Cayuga, Onondaga, Madison, Cortland and Chenango counties.

While the fluffy stuff may slow down motorists during the next few days, Tim Woods has instead sped up his snow making operations up at Woods Valley Ski Area on Route 46 in Westernville. With the perfect conditions for making snow and getting it the natural way, he said it’s time to start waxing those skis.

“We’re thrilled of course,” Woods said this morning about the latest weather event. “We’re actually out grooming the snow right now, and getting our parking lots cleared up.”

With temperatures dipping down to about 25 degree tonight, Woods said once the storm passes, Woods Valley will return to snow making. So far Woods Valley has put in about 48 hours of snow making and the crew is expected to add another 72 hours this week prior to opening.

“The cold weather has been great for snow making and to have the natural snow on top of it, is just fantastic for us,” the ski area owner said. “We’re opening Saturday at 9 a.m. and we’ll have excellent conditions. We will have great natural snow skiing, but we’re already building a base that will get us through April.”

Skiers and tubers can expect an updated ski rental fleet at Woods Valley this year, and also an expanded “live music” schedule at the chalet. Tap Room 46 is a full service bar situated on the upper floor of the chalet, which will also serve food for hungry skiers.  The music schedule begins Saturday with two bands and one performance on Sunday, Woods said. This weekend’s entertainment will include Chuck Premo and the Yardcats. Up to 90 bands will perform this season, the owner said.

Woods said he has also installed more web cams that will be featured on the Woods Valley website, www.woodsvalleyskiarea.com, so that winter outdoors enthusiasts can check out the conditions of the trails online.

“We’ve been working on that and a bunch of new snow making equipment was installed this summer,” he said. “We started making snow in the tubing park, and we expect to have that in full swing for the Christmas holiday.”

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