A WIND ADVISORY has been issued for the following counties:
Onondaga, Madison, Oneida, Tompkins, Cortland, Cayuga, Seneca, Yates, Ostego, Southern Herkimer and Chenango counties until 5PM Sunday.
A WIND ADVISORY means that sustained winds of 30 mph and/or wind gusts of 45 mph or more are expected. This could cause some minor damage to trees, power lines and very weak structures.
If your area has a wind advisory, here is what you should do:
-- Secure loose objects outside.
-- Keep a firm grip on the wheel of your vehicle, especially high profile vehicles
-- Brace for possible power outages Sunday morning.
A WINTER STORM WATCH has been issued for the following counties:
Onondaga, Madison, Oneida, Northern Cayuga and Oswego counties from 5pm Sunday through 7pm Monday.
A WINTER STORM WATCH means that significant winter weather is possible over widespread areas within the next 48 hours.
In this case, heavy lake effect snow is possible in these areas, making for blowing and drifting snow and low visibility during this time period - making for tough travel. Several inches of snow are expected by Monday afternoon, including localized amounts of 8 inches or more.
If your area has a winter storm watch, here is what you should do:
-- Go about your normal activities, but be aware of the possibility of heavier snow during the period mentioned above in the counties outlined.
-- Keep an eye on Interactive Doppler and Triple Doppler radars on CNYcentral.com.
-- Keep your phone with your CNYcentral mobile app turned on so if warnings are issued you will know.
-- Periodically check NBC-3, CBS-5 and CW-6 for updates on the weather and possible issuance of lake effect snow warnings and advisories.
-- Know which county you live in, and where you are in relation to other counties, especially if you are travelling.
-- If you need to travel, be prepared for very difficult driving conditions.
-- Have a winter storm kit ready in your car in case you are stranded.