While many are complaining about a late winter snowfall, those at Greek Peak Mountain Resort view their 30 total inches of snow from a winter storm as a godsend.
"(We) went from having to close the tubing center to opening Friday through this weekend with 18 lanes," said Jessica Sloma, vice president of sales and marketing at Greek Peak Mountain Resort. "(We) went from having 11 trails open to having 28 open, and the Nordic center will also be open this weekend."
According to Mark Wysocki, New York state climatologist at the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University, the winter storm was a result of three surface storm systems combining off of the New Jersey coast Tuesday afternoon.
The events that led to the storm started Monday, said Wysocki, also a senior lecturer in meteorology in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. There was a storm system in Missouri and two storm systems on Florida's Atlantic and gulf coasts.
Waves in the jet stream caused the surface lows to intensify very quickly and caused the storm system in Missouri to move into West Virginia on Monday night, Wysocki said. The two systems in Florida moved to the North Carolina coast, where they combined.
Tuesday afternoon, the system in West Virginia and combined system at the North Carolina coast merged at the New Jersey coast, he said.
"That's when it really started to pick up speed," Wysocki said.
The winter storm did not break any records in the Ithaca area, but it did bring 24.8 inches of snow in the hamlet of Caroline Center, 22 inches to Etna, between 10.5 and 17.8 inches of snow throughout Ithaca, 15.6 inches in west-northwest Trumansburg, 14.2 inches in Lansing, and 13 inches in northwest Groton, according to the National Weather Service.
In Binghamton, records were set for a single snowfall at 31 inches, pushing the region to a record of more than 131 inches for the season. The Elmira region escaped the worst of the storm; the deepest reported accumulation in Chemung County by Wednesday was 13 inches.