Winter storm skims Southern Tier

By Perry Russom

March 13, 2014 Updated Mar 13, 2014 at 11:24 AM EDT

Cortland, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Wednesday's weather is just another example of how Mother Nature has the final say in who gets what kind of precipitation during a storm.

The biggest impact on who got either rain or snow was geography.

"This is mild, so far," said Lucille Sopp, of Cortland. "We've had some real bad ones. This is the worst winter I can remember in a long time."

The snowy winter weather continued in Cortland Wednesday as a few inches of slush covered the roads.

Sopp was clearing out her parking spot by her apartment complex, and she described the snow as wet and heavy.

"A lot of people are driving a lot slower than in the last couple we've had," said Erica Beard, a snow plower. "I haven't seen anybody off (the roads) yet."

While Cortland got the snow, Owego received rain. That led to minor flooding on some roads and streams.

"This always floods," said Charles Hill, of Owego. "Every time we get a little run off. Of course we got a little snow melt and also the rain we got."

Before the storm hit, snow plows were waiting in the median along Interstate 81 for the rain to change into snow. Once the storm hit, they were on the roads laying salt to clear the roads.

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