Check here for the latest on the significant snowstorm that will take place on Dec. 1 and 2. We will try to list all the closings we can find, whether they are business, organizational or academic. Tompkins County is slated to get between 12-18 inches of snow over the next day or two (the projections had originally called for 6-12 inches), with a significant amount of ice wreaking havoc on the roads as well.
GIAC, the Ithaca Youth Bureau, Ithaca City Hall, the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce and the Tompkins County Convention and Visitors Bureau have all announced they'd be closed.
TRAVEL ADVISORY ISSUED for Tompkins County pic.twitter.com/g7gXgg2EIJ— Tompkins DoER (@TompkinsDoER) December 1, 2019
First things first, the Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response issued a travel warning for residents, saying that unnecessary travel should be limited and extreme caution should be used when driving. The City of Ithaca has also instituted Odd-Even parking regulations.
Tompkins County has issued a warning regarding Sand Bank Road, which the county said had become "icy and dangerous to travel." The Town of Ithaca requests that drivers avoid the area if possible and use another route. There are plenty of on-the-ground updates available at this Facebook page for those wondering: Road Conditions: Ithaca/Tompkins County.
Next, Ithaca College, Tompkins Cortland Community College and late holdout Cornell University all canceled classes for tomorrow already, an especially challenging day since most students are on their way back to school from their hometowns for the Thanksgiving holiday. Cornell also closed its campus entirely.
Usually closing the higher education institutions portends that the local school districts will close as well, and after waiting hours longer than the colleges, the districts did just that. Lansing, Groton, Ithaca, Trumansburg school districts all canceled classes for Monday, Dec. 2 as well.
Plenty of traffic problems and accidents have already been reported as well. In addition to the Tompkins County DoER, Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick has encouraged people to remain off the roads as well.
Road conditions are very slippery, particularly on the hills, and only going to get worse. Avoid traveling today if at all possible.— Mayor Svante Myrick (@SvanteMyrick) December 1, 2019
The Tompkins County Public Library and the Museum of the Earth have both announced that they will be closed tomorrow, Monday, Dec. 2.