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Winter Storm Warning
Issued: 2:45 PM EST Nov. 15, 2018 – National Weather Service

... Winter Storm Warning in effect until 8 am EST Friday...

* what... heavy mixed precipitation. Total snow accumulations of 6
to 9 inches and ice accumulations of up to two tenths of an
inch are expected.

* Where... northern Wayne, Wyoming, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike, and
southern Wayne counties.

* When... snow will fall heavily at times through early evening,
with snowfall rates of around an inch per hour anticipated. Snow
will change over to a period of sleet and freezing later this
evening. Ice accretions of up to two tenths of an inch are most
probable in southeastern Luzerne, southern Lackawanna, southern
Wayne, and Pike counties. Precipitation changes back to all snow
early Friday, before tapering off by mid-morning

* additional details... travel could be very difficult. The
hazardous conditions could impact the morning and evening
commute.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet
and ice will make travel very hazardous or impossible.

The latest Road conditions for the state you are calling from can
be obtained by calling 5 1 1.






Special Statement
Issued: 3:05 PM EST Nov. 15, 2018 – National Weather Service

... Snow will start and quickly accumulate on roads this afternoon
making for a potentially dangerous evening rush...

Snow will start rapidly across most of the region from south to
north this afternoon. Once the snow starts it will accumulate and
freeze quickly on Road surfaces. Road conditions are reported to
be very hazardous where the snow has already started. The snow has
already started in northeast Pennsylvania and will start shortly
in the southern tier. Snow will develop across Finger Lakes
eastward to the southern Catskills by 4 PM and in the Rome and
Syracuse areas by 5 PM. Very hazardous Road conditions expected
through the evening rush hour. Drive cautiously and only if you
have to through the duration of the storm.



Mwg

305 PM EST Thu Nov 15 2018

... Snow will start and quickly accumulate on roads this afternoon
making for a potentially dangerous evening rush...

Snow will start rapidly across most of the region from south to
north this afternoon. Once the snow starts it will accumulate and
freeze quickly on Road surfaces. Road conditions are reported to
be very hazardous where the snow has already started. The snow has
already started in northeast Pennsylvania and will start shortly
in the southern tier. Snow will develop across Finger Lakes
eastward to the southern Catskills by 4 PM and in the Rome and
Syracuse areas by 5 PM. Very hazardous Road conditions expected
through the evening rush hour. Drive cautiously and only if you
have to through the duration of the storm.



Mwg


Public Information Statement
Issued: 5:28 PM EST Nov. 15, 2018 – National Weather Service

The following are official and unofficial observations taken during
the past 3 hours. Appreciation is extended to Highway departments,
cooperative observers, Skywarn spotters and media for these reports.
This summary is also available on our home Page at
http://weather.Gov/bgm

********************storm total snowfall********************

Location storm total time/date comments
                     snowfall of
                     /inches/ measurement

New York

... Broome County...
   NWS Binghamton 1.3 520 PM 11/15 official NWS obs

... Chemung County...
   3 se Elmira 0.3 245 PM 11/15 emergency manager

... Sullivan County...
   Glen Spey 3.2 446 PM 11/15 social media

... Tompkins County...
   Ithaca 1.0 526 PM 11/15 trained spotter

Pennsylvania

... Luzerne County...
   Drums 7.5 526 PM 11/15 trained spotter
   Sweet Valley 5.0 410 PM 11/15 trained spotter
   Exeter 4.0 458 PM 11/15 social media

... Pike County...
   Walker Lake 3.5 430 PM 11/15 social media

... Wayne County...
   Hawley 7.0 454 PM 11/15 social media
   Beach Lake 4.5 505 PM 11/15 public


*****metadata*****
:11/15/2018, 520 PM, NY, Broome, NWS Binghamton, , , 42.21191, -75.98558, snow, 1.3, inch, official NWS obs,
:11/15/2018, 245 PM, NY, Chemung, Elmira, 3, se, 42.06248, -76.76873, snow, 0.3, inch, emergency manager,
:11/15/2018, 446 PM, NY, Sullivan, Glen Spey, , , 41.46670, -74.81670, snow, 3.2, inch, social media,
:11/15/2018, 526 PM, NY, Tompkins, Ithaca, , , 42.44390, -76.50340, snow, 1.0, inch, trained spotter,
:11/15/2018, 526 PM, PA, Luzerne, Drums, , , 41.01670, -76.00000, snow, 7.5, inch, trained spotter,
:11/15/2018, 410 PM, PA, Luzerne, Sweet Valley, , , 41.28330, -76.15000, snow, 5.0, inch, trained spotter,
:11/15/2018, 458 PM, PA, Luzerne, Exeter, , , 41.33020, -75.82250, snow, 4.0, inch, social media,
:11/15/2018, 430 PM, PA, Pike, Walker Lake, , , 41.41898, -74.91850, snow, 3.5, inch, social media,
:11/15/2018, 454 PM, PA, Wayne, Hawley, , , 41.47660, -75.17800, snow, 7.0, inch, social media,
:11/15/2018, 505 PM, PA, Wayne, Beach Lake, , , 41.60000, -75.15000, snow, 4.5, inch, public,


Jrk


528 PM EST Thu Nov 15 2018

The following are official and unofficial observations taken during
the past 3 hours. Appreciation is extended to Highway departments,
cooperative observers, Skywarn spotters and media for these reports.
This summary is also available on our home Page at
http://weather.Gov/bgm

********************storm total snowfall********************

Location storm total time/date comments
                     snowfall of
                     /inches/ measurement

New York

... Broome County...
   NWS Binghamton 1.3 520 PM 11/15 official NWS obs

... Chemung County...
   3 se Elmira 0.3 245 PM 11/15 emergency manager

... Sullivan County...
   Glen Spey 3.2 446 PM 11/15 social media

... Tompkins County...
   Ithaca 1.0 526 PM 11/15 trained spotter

Pennsylvania

... Luzerne County...
   Drums 7.5 526 PM 11/15 trained spotter
   Sweet Valley 5.0 410 PM 11/15 trained spotter
   Exeter 4.0 458 PM 11/15 social media

... Pike County...
   Walker Lake 3.5 430 PM 11/15 social media

... Wayne County...
   Hawley 7.0 454 PM 11/15 social media
   Beach Lake 4.5 505 PM 11/15 public


*****metadata*****
:11/15/2018, 520 PM, NY, Broome, NWS Binghamton, , , 42.21191, -75.98558, snow, 1.3, inch, official NWS obs,
:11/15/2018, 245 PM, NY, Chemung, Elmira, 3, se, 42.06248, -76.76873, snow, 0.3, inch, emergency manager,
:11/15/2018, 446 PM, NY, Sullivan, Glen Spey, , , 41.46670, -74.81670, snow, 3.2, inch, social media,
:11/15/2018, 526 PM, NY, Tompkins, Ithaca, , , 42.44390, -76.50340, snow, 1.0, inch, trained spotter,
:11/15/2018, 526 PM, PA, Luzerne, Drums, , , 41.01670, -76.00000, snow, 7.5, inch, trained spotter,
:11/15/2018, 410 PM, PA, Luzerne, Sweet Valley, , , 41.28330, -76.15000, snow, 5.0, inch, trained spotter,
:11/15/2018, 458 PM, PA, Luzerne, Exeter, , , 41.33020, -75.82250, snow, 4.0, inch, social media,
:11/15/2018, 430 PM, PA, Pike, Walker Lake, , , 41.41898, -74.91850, snow, 3.5, inch, social media,
:11/15/2018, 454 PM, PA, Wayne, Hawley, , , 41.47660, -75.17800, snow, 7.0, inch, social media,
:11/15/2018, 505 PM, PA, Wayne, Beach Lake, , , 41.60000, -75.15000, snow, 4.5, inch, public,


Jrk

800 am EST Thu Nov 15 2018

... This week is 2018 winter weather awareness week for
Pennsylvania...

The National Weather Service will feature a different educational
topic each day this week. Today's topic is flooding and ice jams.

One of our deadliest winter weather hazards is flooding. In
northern Pennsylvania, one usually associates snow, ice, and
bitter cold with winter. But sometimes nature throws a curve at
US with unseasonably warm temperatures, and heavy rain.

A number of different factors work together to produce floods in
winter. When unseasonable warmth comes to the region it will
often melt much, if not all of the snow on the ground especially
in the lower elevations. The melting snow can saturate the ground
and also swell the rivers. If the combination of unseasonably
warm temperatures, heavy rain, and snow melt occurs, rivers may
rise above their banks producing floods.

Some of our worst winter floods are created by an intense low
pressure system that tracks from the Ohio Valley northeast, down
the Saint Lawrence valley in Canada. These storms bring a lot of
warm and moist air into the region from the Gulf of Mexico and
the Atlantic.

Flooding during the winter months can also be caused by ice jams.
When river flows increase, water levels rise. Ice is less dense
than water, thus ice floats. When enough pressure is applied by
the river below, the ice will break. Ice typically breaks into
slabs and floats downstream. When the ice interacts with an
obstruction such as a bridge, Bend in the River, Island, or a
wide shallow area, the ice will often pile up into an ice jam.
The ice jam then prevents water from freely flowing, and forces
the water to rise, creating a flood. Ice jams can form any time
during the winter season.

Flooding on roads and poor drainage areas can also occur when
Mounds of plowed snow and ice block grates and storm drains.
Standing water can cause dangerous black ice if it freezes.

The last topic of this week will be covered tomorrow:

Friday: National Weather Service winter products.

Additional information will be disseminated by social media
platforms: facebook at, http://www.Facebook.Com/nwsbinghamton
and twitter at, http://www.Twitter.Com/nwsbinghamton

Please join US by using the following hashtags:
#winterprep, #winter, and #areyouready.

For additional information on Pennsylvania winter weather
awareness week see:

Http://weather.Gov/bgm/wwawpa

You can also contact Dave nicosia at, David.Nicosia@noaa.Gov,
for additional information about 2018 PA winter weather
awareness week.



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