Greater Binghamton Area Under Winter Storm Watch
It looks like we're about to get our first dose of winter weather for the 2017-2018 winter season. According to the National Weather Service in Binghamton, we're under a Winter Storm Warning for Chenango and Cortland Counties until 6pm on Wednesday. We're under a Winter Storm Watch for Broome, Deleware, Otsego, Tioga, Tompkins, Sullivan, Susquehanna, and Northern Wayne Counties until 6pm on Wednesday.
WBNG says we could get up to four inches of snow today, up to two more tonight, and another two inches of snow by midday Wednesday. If you're keeping track, that's a rough total of up to eight inches of snow by Wednesday afternoon.
If you can't remember what a "watch" is and what a "warning" is, here's a simple way to differentiate between the two: "Warning" has more letters in it than "watch," so that helps me remember a warning is worse than a watch. If you want to get technical, a "warning" means that: the weather element (snow, hurricane, flood, tornado etc) is happening right this very second someplace within the radar field. A "watch" means that: if all the weather elements line up the way they're supposed to, there's a good possibility for the weather element to happen.