ITHACA, N.Y.—Ithaca’s weather this week has been a rollercoaster, with snow flurries getting bad enough early in the week to cancel Ithaca City School District after-school activities on Wednesday, then a gorgeous Thursday and Friday.

But the area’s notorious Fake Spring has struck again, with snow expected to kick into high gear overnight Friday and go all day on Saturday as a result of Winter Storm Quinlan. The end result is expected to be between 6-10 inches of snow, with some of it coming in droves of 1-2 inches per hour.

A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for Tompkins County, stretching from 1 a.m. Saturday until 7 p.m. that night. NYSEG has announced that it is bracing for the impact and to be watchful of possible service interruptions.

The National Weather Service adds that travel could get pretty risky, as the wind is expected to be fairly significant, and the recent warm temperatures could create very wet, slick surfaces before the snow starts to stick in earnest.

The City of Ithaca has also implemented odd/even parking, so make sure you are aware of where your car is and where it shouldn’t be.

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Managing Editor at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at