The Southern Tier is accustomed to inclement weather. We are the fifth Most Depressed City according to a Gallup Poll. Certainly our snowy weather and lack of sunshine have something to do with that. It isn’t phasing most of us in the Southern Tier starting 2014 off with a major snowstorm.
Most of the schools in the Southern Tier are closed through January 3, 2014 for Winter Recess. That works out well for all involved. They, most likely, would have closed Thursday and Friday for snow days due to “Hercules”. The snow storm will give the children plenty of snow to go sledding in. It will be important for them to dress accordingly so they do not suffer from hypothermia or frostbite.
“Hercules” is forecasted to deliver snow through Friday morning around 10 a.m. The Southern Tier could see up to a six inches of snow with this storm. The wind chills could be down to -20. Friday could see highs in the single digits. Please be aware of any elderly neighbors, very young children and animals in your area. They are most susceptible to the cold.
It is common practice to use road salt and sand along with plowing to clear the roads of the snow and ice. However, road salt and chemicals lose much of their effectiveness when temperatures drop into the single digits or lower. Be very cautious if you need to drive during this storm the roads will most likely be slippery.
Certainly this will not be the last dumping of snow on the Tier. The last two winters have been fairly mild. I guess we're due for a winter that is more typical of the area.