Update, 10 a.m.: The following schools have announced the cancellation of classes on March 14:

  • Cornell University (More information about Wednesday’s operating status will be sent Tuesday night) – Personnel responsible for providing essential services should report to work per their department’s instructions. Please avoid undue risks when traveling and consult with your supervisor if you have questions or concerns about scheduling.
  • Ithaca City School District
  • Trumansburg Central School District
  • Newfield Central School District
  • Ithaca Waldorf School
  • Lansing Central School District

Ithaca College has also announced it will be open but all classes will be remote as of 7 a.m., as most students are currently on Spring Break. Essential staff should report to campus for their scheduled work hours, according to the school.

The following TCAT routes are impacted by the snow:

Snow Routes

TCAT routes 11, 14, 14s(weekday-only), 36 (weekday-only), and 51 typically face the most challenges during inclement weather. TCAT has pre-established detours that go into effect, but only when activated.

Route 11 – won’t service Hudson St., between Grandview Rd. and South Aurora St, and will reroute from S. Aurora St. onto Grandview Rd. See Rt 11 snow detour map.

Route 14 – won’t serve Chestnut St. or Campbell Ave. and will detour onto Elm and Hector streets. See Rt. 14 snow detour map.   

Route 14S – same as above. Won’t serve Chestnut St. or Campbell Ave. and will reroute onto Elm and Hector streets. See Rt. 14S snow detour map.

Route 36 – won’t serve a portion of Lake St. and University Ave.  Inbound a.m. trips will use Cayuga St. Outbound p.m. trips will use Triphammer Rd. See  Rt. 36 snow detour map.

Route 51 – won’t serve Snyder Hill Rd., Skyvue Rd., Easter Heights Dr. and Joanne Dr.  See Rt. 51 snow detour map.

Original story, 4:00 p.m.:

TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—Ithaca’s had a relatively quiet winter in terms of snowfall, though that fortune seems poised to turn this week with around a foot of snow forecasted to hit the area soon.

The impending storm is estimated to bring between 8-16 inches of snow from Monday evening to late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning, with as much as 1-2 inches falling per hour in elevated areas. The snow is anticipated to be quite heavy, meaning power outages throughout the area are a distinct possibility.

In preparation for the storm, New York Governor Kathy Hochul has declared a state of emergency and Tompkins County Sheriff Derek Osborne has announced a travel advisory that stretches from Monday until 8 a.m. Wednesday morning. A travel advisory does not close roadways, but does strongly encourage caution when traveling and avoiding it when possible.

“If you must travel, please use extra caution, allow some extra time to reach your destination and give highway crews plenty of room to clear the roads,” according to the announcement. “Keep an extra flashlight, blanket, food and water in your vehicle in case of emergency.”

Odd-even parking is in effect until further notice as well.

The Ithaca City School District has already canceled all after-school activities Monday.

Matt Butler

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