ITHACA, NY – Looks like it may finally be time to pack up your shorts brace yourself for colder temperatures.

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After an uncommonly warm December – including a record-breaking high on Christmas Eve – it seems that winter is finally on its way to Ithaca.

Related: Ithaca’s warmest Christmas Eve ever – by 6 degrees

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for all of Central New York, the Finger Lakes and the Southern Tier, starting the night of Monday, Dec. 28 at 8 p.m. through until Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 1 p.m.

The National Weather Service predicts a mix of snow and sleet starting Monday evening, possibly turning into freezing rain on Tuesday morning before temperatures rise.

Expect up to one inch of snow accumulation, with some icing possible as well.

The storm seems to mark the true beginning of winter, as forecasts suggest we won’t be likely be seeing any more 50-plus degree temperatures, at least through mid-January.

It may not sound like much, but the warning suggests travel will be very hazardous, and there may be sporadic power outages as well. Drive safe!

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Michael Smith

Michael Smith reports on politics and local news for the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached via email at, by cell at (607) 229-0885, or via Google Voice at (518) 650-3639.