Expect winds gusting 60 mph, then 4-6 inches of snow


Expect wind gusting to 60 mph later today through Thursday morning as a cold front passes through the greater Cortland area, bringing temperatures from about 60 degrees down to 17 overnight.

The National Weather Service at Binghamton has issued a high wind warning from 2 p.m. until 7 a.m. Thursday, with sustained winds of 30 mph, gusting to twice that.

It has also issued a winter weather advisory from 10 p.m. today until 7 p.m. Thursday, expecting 4 to 6 inches of lake effect snow and slippery roads. Accumulation will be greater in northern Cortland County.

New York State Electric & Gas Corp. and other utilities are staffing up to deal with downed power lines. The utility has activated 200 line crews and 100 tree crew personnel across the state -- nearly 1,200 people, NYSEG announced this morning.

NYSEg advises keeping battery-operated flashlights and radios handy, along with drinking water and non-perishable food. Also, should you encounter a downed power line, stay at least 30 feet away.

To report a power interruption, contact NYSEG at 800-572-1131.