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Travelers Advisory Issued for Tompkins County Through 6 a.m. Friday

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Travelers Advisory Issued for Tompkins County Through 6 a.m. Friday

Thursday, February 25, 2010
Tompkins County Sheriff Peter Meskill has issued a travelers advisory for Tompkins County, which advises no unnecessary travel through 6 a.m. Friday, February 26.

All roads in Tompkins County remain open.

Road crews are working hard to keep up, however, the weather service reports that snow will continue to increase throughout the day into the night at a rate of 1-3 inches per hour. Winds will also increase, creating the potential for downed power lines and trees.

Residents are urged to make preparations to reach their final destinations soon and as safely as possible.

The National Weather Service forecasts that a total of 10 to 20 inches of heavy, wet snow will fall throughout the area during this storm, with greatest amounts at higher terrain, and near blizzard conditions later today. The weather service forecasts 15-25 mile an hour winds, with gusts to 35 miles per hour by tonight.

The Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response urges residents to:

Stay informed: Listen to local television and radio stations or the NOAA weather radio for the most current information. The fastest and best way to get emergency information is from NY-Alert, the State's and County's all-hazards alert and notification system. To subscribe to this free service, visit

Be prepared: Keep enough food and water on hand for 72 hours. Make sure vehicles are stocked with survival gear such as blankets, shovel, flashlight and extra batteries, jumper cables and energy foods.

If you must drive, do so carefully: Make sure driving speed is appropriate for the conditions and that all snow is cleared from the windows so vision is clear. Plan stops accordingly, keeping more distance between vehicles. Never follow a snow plow too closely or attempt to pass one.

Use caution when shoveling: Clearing heavy wet snow in cold temperatures can put extra strain on the heart, increasing the risk of heart attacks. Dress in layers and take frequent breaks to avoid overexertion. If you feel chest pain, stop and call 911 immediately.

Stay away from downed power lines: Even lines that appear dead can be deadly. Report them to the utility company or call 911 if they pose an immediate danger.

When using generators, run them outside and away from structures. Carbon monoxide gas can spread through enclosed spaces. If using an alternate heating source, do so according to the manufacturers recommendations.

For a list of recommended supplies and other pointers on how to prepare for an emergency, visit the County's emergency preparedness web site at