(WBNG Binghamton) The region is preparing for the onslaught of a powerful winter storm that's making its way toward the Twin Tiers, and local authorities are urging drivers to use caution if they plan to venture out Wednesday.
Tioga County has issued a travel advisory that begins at 2 p.m. Wednesday. That means motorists are urged to use caution when traveling.
Additional travel advisories are expected throughout the region as the storm arrives.
The city of Binghamton issued several warnings to residents and drivers. Among them:
- Drivers are urged to park off residential streets to allow for better snow removal;
- Until the roads are reasonably clear, free parking will be available in Binghamton's downtown parking ramps and in city park lots;
- The city will strictly enforce alternative side street parking. Vehicles parked illegally are subject to ticketing and towing;
- Drivers should avoid unnecessary travel after 7 p.m. Wednesday;
- Thursday's garbage and recycling pick-up has been canceled. Pick-up for west side residents will instead be Thursday, Jan. 3. All other scheduled waste pick-up times remain the same, with the exception of holiday scheduling, and;
- Residents are reminded of their responsiblity to remove snow and ice on sidewalks in front of their property. Likewise, dumping snow into city streets is illegal.
“The more that citizens take these advisories to heart, the better we can manage today’s snowfall,” said Mayor Matt Ryan in a news release Wednesday afternoon. “We urge citizens to share this information with their friends, family and neighbors—and to help fellow citizens in need of assistance.”
The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Warning from 2 p.m. Wednesday to 1 p.m. Thursday. The NWS is forecasting 8 to 12 inches of snow during that period, with potentially higher amounts west of Binghamton into the Finger Lakes.
Because snow rates could exceed 1 inch per hour -- and even greater in some areas -- driving conditions could deteriorate rapidly, according to the NWS.