The winter storm that was initially going to hit downstate New York the hardest shifted and is now impacting the Southern Tier, particularly the Binghamton area.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said a travel ban is now in effect for Broome County, which has already reported more than a foot of snowfall in some areas. Broome County Executive Jason Garnar said the previous one-day snowfall record is 25 inches in Lisle. That record will likely fall Tuesday.
Cuomo added that the snow is falling at a rate of about 4 inches per hour, which makes it difficult for plows to keep up with snow-clearing operations.
"It is a dangerous situation," Cuomo said. "The snow band is sitting right there and the forecast is for the band to remain in place just increasing the snowfall."
The state Department of Transportation is now shifting resources to Broome County and the Southern Tier. Cuomo said plows and personnel were initially shifted to downstate because the forecast was calling for heavier snowfall in New York City and on Long Island. But when the storm shifted, adjustments had to be made.
National Guard members are being redeployed to the Southern Tier, Cuomo said. State Transportation Commissioner Matthew Driscoll said there are now 168 large plows in the Binghamton area. That number will increase to 174 in two hours and by 4 p.m., there will be 194 large plows in the region.
The state Department of Transportation is moving resources from other parts of the state that haven't been hit as hard by the storm, such as Long Island. There will be nearly 500 operators and supervisors working to clear snow in the Southern Tier by the end of the day, Driscoll said.
Garner said there haven't been a lot of storm-related accidents due to the storm. Three people have been hurt in accidents Tuesday and there were 5 property damage accidents reported. Crews have been working to assist 11 disabled vehicles on Broome County roadways and there was a brief power outage, he said.
As of 4:30 p.m., the National Weather Service reported 27.2 inches of snow fell in Endwell over a six-hour period. In Binghamton, 20 inches of snow was recorded.
An additional 9 inches of snow is in the forecast today for Binghamton. Three more inches of snow is expected overnight.
"We're just going to watch this and continue to work hard to try to get the snow off the road and get through this storm," Garnar said.