Snowfall, associated with intensifying low pressure over the mid-Atlantic coast, was spreading northward and encroaching upon the Capital Region early this evening. Snowfall should begin across the Capital District between 7 PM and 9 PM Wednesday evening.
The threat for significant snow accumulation, and minor ice accumulation across the Capital Region and vicinity continues to be very high through Thursday afternoon.
A Winter Storm Warning has been expanded, from its previous issuance, to include the below listed areas…
- Southern Adirondacks
- Mohawk Valley
- Lake George & Saratoga Regions
- Capital District
- Northern & Central Taconics
- Schoharie Valley
- Eastern Catskills
- Berkshires of Massachusetts
- Southern Vermont
A winter storm warning is issued when significant amounts of snow and/or ice are anticipated, causing dangerous travel conditions.
A Winter Weather Advisory continues in effect for the following areas…
- Mid & Lower Hudson Valley
- Southern Taconics
- Northwestern Connecticut
A winter weather advisory is issued when periods of snow, sleet, and freezing rain are anticipated that may create travel difficulties. Both the warning and the advisory listed above are in effect until 7 PM EST on Thursday evening.
Radar pictures suggest that snow is overspreading much of the Capital Region and points south as of 6:30 PM EST Wednesday. Though the low levels of the atmosphere remain quite dry initially, they will moisten up as the snow falls through the dry air. Precipitation should begin in earnest later this evening. Snow may fall at the rate of 1 to 3 inches per hour at times tonight, making for drastically reduced visibility’s and poor and dangerous driving conditions should road crews not be able to keep up with rapidly accumulating snowfall.
Snow may become mixed with sleet and freezing rain on Thursday morning, especially from the Capital District southward (especially the areas listed under the winter weather advisory above). Precipitation may change to liquid rain during the morning across the advisory area. The warning area is expected to see primarily snow, with the potential for sleet and freezing rain to mix in on Thursday morning.
In addition, winds will increase from the northeast overnight tonight and Thursday morning, between 10 and 20 MPH with some higher gusts to near 35 MPH possible at times. Winds may gust even higher across the higher terrain.
Travel is likely to become dangerous this evening, and especially in time for the morning commute on Thursday. If travel is absolutely necessary, allow plenty of extra time to reach your destination safely, and make sure to have a winter weather survival kit in your automobile should you become stranded. Such materials to have in this kit include, but are not limited to…
- A bright colored rag (to tie to your car antenna for visibility purposes should your automobile become disabled during the storm and it becomes necessary to pull over.)
- Non-perishable food items (candy bars, snacks, etc.)
- Snowbrush/ Ice Scraper
- Tire chains
By the time precipitation begins to wind down by Thursday afternoon, total storm accumulations of 6 to 12 inches are expected across the Capital Region, with higher amounts to the north and west, and perhaps some lower amounts further south and east.
Stay tuned for the latest statements concerning this storm, as it is a dangerous storm. Official watch and warning statements, and statements concerning official forecast track and precipitation amounts may be obtained by visiting the National Weather Service website, or tuning into NOAA Weatherradio.