Another Arctic Blast Sets Sights on Southern Tier
A little light snow is making for some slippery driving conditions, especially in outlying areas.
Emergency Services officials in Tioga and Chenango Counties say Department of Public Works crews have been out overnight, January 23-24 to treat the roads but motorists are advised to give themselves a little extra time and expect slick spots in higher elevations and on ramps and bridges.
Meanwhile, the National Weather Service in Binghamton is warning of another clipper system that could bring snow and very cold air again.
In a Hazardous Weather Outlook, NOAA says snow could move in January 24 in the afternoon and last through the night while Arctic air is forecast to grip the region Wednesday, January 26 into Wednesday night dropping temperatures below zero.
Forecasters say both wind chills and actual temperatures could dip into the teens below zero. This could pose exposure risks to residents as well as the potential of the freezing of poorly insulated pipes.
As cold continues to grip parts of the nation, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is looking to expand access to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The New York Democrat is proposing increasing annual LIHEAP funding to 40-billion dollars and minimize barriers to applying for assistance.
You can get more information on the current HEAP program through the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance https://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/, Broome Office of Social Services (https://www.gobroomecounty.com/dss/assistance/heap) and Broome County Office for Aging.