Thanksgiving travel could be affected by winter storm

Nov 26, 2013

Up to a foot of snow in parts of upstate New York will fall from Tuesday afternoon through Thursday morning, making travel for the Thanksgiving holiday slow and tricky.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning from 3 p.m. this afternoon until 7 a.m. Thursday. Travel will be hardest along the Interstate 81 corridor. As of this morning, the weather service's Binghamton office is predicting 6-8 inches for the Syracuse area with 10-12 inches north of the city and along Lake Ontario.

The National Weather Service's Buffalo office, which oversees counties along the lake, is projecting Watertown could be dealing with 14-18 inches of snow.

Storm snowfall projections from the National Weather Service Buffalo.
Storm snowfall projections from the National Weather Service Buffalo.
Credit National Weather Service

With temperatures staying in the low 30's, forecasters are warning of rain and other forms of cold precipitation mixing in with the snowfall, especially overnight. There will be more rain mixed in east toward Albany and the Hudson Valley.

This will not a be a snowstorm for the record books, but "travel is going to be pretty rough," said NWS meteorologist Dave Nicosia. He said it's early in the season for a storm of this magnitude.

Upstate New York will be hit by a combination of the Nor'easter that has already impacted the Midwest as well as lake effect snow.

NPR's The Two-way blog is tracking the storm's impact on the country. We will be following how this storm will affect road and air travel for people in our listening area, so check back with WRVO News for updates.

Here are some resources to track the storm and its impact on your travel:

Flight delay info from the FAA. Or visit syrairport.org

Emergency alerts and advisories from New York State

You can track road conditions in the state here

Amtrak tweets service delays at @AmtrakNEC

For Greyhound bus status, call 1-800-231-2222

National Weather Service Binghamton and Buffalo offices. You can also follow them on Twitter @NWSBinghamton and @NWSBuffalo