TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. – Tompkins County is facing another bout of hazardous weather this week, with light snow and frigid temps prompting some area closings.

The National Weather Service issued a Wind Chill Warning from 2 p.m. Wednesday until 6 p.m. Thursday. According to NWS forecasts, Tompkins will see wind chills of 20 to 30 below zero, as arctic air combines with gusts over 25 miles per hour.

“A Wind Chill Warning means the combination of very cold air and the wind will create dangerously low wind chill values. Frostbite can occur quickly and even hypothermia or death if precautions are not taken. Stay indoors. If you must go out, limit your time outside and dress in layers,” NWS cautions.

Related: Red Cross offers 15 tips to stay safe with ‘dangerously cold’ temps

Related: TCAT will offer free rides Thursday due to extreme cold

TCAT has announced that due to the weather, rides on all routes Thursday, Jan. 31 will be free.

Tompkins County is also reminding residents that St. John’s Community Services is open for those in need. If anyone is homeless or knows someone in need of shelter, SJCS provides the following advice to access services:

  • During normal business hours, please go to the Tompkins County Department of Social Services (DSS), at 320 W. State Street, Ithaca.
  • After hours or on weekends, you can also stop in directly to the Shelter at 618 W. State Street.
  • You can also call the Shelter at 607-354-8990.

Several schools, organizations and businesses are canceling activities or closing.

We will update the list below as closings and cancellations are announced. If you have an item to add to the list, email

Closings & Cancellations

Wednesday, Jan. 30

Dryden Central School District: After-school activities canceled. Middle school and high school dismissal at 2 p.m.

Groton Central School District: After-school activities canceled

Lansing Central School District: After-school activities canceled. Middle school and high school dismissal at 2:30 p.m.

Trumansburg Central School District: After-school activities canceled. Dismissal at 2:45 p.m. High school curriculum night rescheduled for Feb. 6

Wells College: Evening classes (6 p.m. or later) canceled

Thursday, Jan. 31

Catholic Charities: Closed

Dryden Central School District: Closed

Groton Central School District: Closed

Ithaca City School District: Closed

Ithaca College: Delayed Opening

  • The opening time for offices will be 10:30 a.m. and classes will start with the 10:50 a.m. class period. Any classes scheduled prior to that time will not be held. Essential personnel are requested to report to work at their normal times.

Lansing Central School District: Closed

Namaste Montessori School: Delayed; Classrooms open at 9:30 a.m.

Newfield Central School District: Closed

TCAT: Free rides will be offered on all routes

Tompkins Cortland Community College: Closed

Trumansburg Center School District: Closed

Wells College: Closed

City of Ithaca: Odd/Even parking is in effect. You can sign up for parking alerts through the Swift911 alert system.

Last updated: 8:00 a.m. Thursday

Devon Magliozzi

Devon Magliozzi is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at or 607-391-0328.