The National Weather Service in Albany, NY has issued the following warnings and advisories for the Capital Region and vicinity…
- Winter Storm Warning for the Capital Region and points north and west in Upstate New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont from 7 PM EST Wednesday through 7 PM EST Thursday.
- Winter Weather Advisory for the lower Hudson Valley, Taconics, eastern Catskills & southwest Connecticut.
A major winter storm is set to impact the entire area. Precipitation is forecast to spread from southwest to northeast during the late afternoon and early evening hours across the entire area. Snowfall may start out on the light side in intensity initially. However, during the evening and overnight period, snowfall should become moderate, to at times heavy, in intensity. Snowfall rates between a half inch to an inch and a half an hour will be possible at times.
Low pressure associated with the storm will move from Tennessee this morning, to near the Nation’s Capital (Washington, DC) by this evening. Reorganization and strengthening of this low is anticipated as it reaches the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean overnight tonight, tapping into plentiful Atlantic moisture stores. As the low moves to near New York City by Thursday morning, warmer air in the mid levels of the atmosphere may intrude as far north as the Capital District, therefore it is possible that some of the precipitation from the Capital District and points south and east may mix with sleet and freezing rain. A change over to plain rain is possible across the lower Hudson Valley and points south and east, thus cutting into snowfall accumulations across that area.
Total storm accumulations of 4-8 inches of snow, as well as some minor ice accumulation are anticipated across the Capital District. Locally higher snowfall amounts will be possible further north and west. Areas to the south and east may see less in the way of snow accumulation, on the order of 3-6 inches, with some ice accumulation also possible.
Those with travel plans this afternoon and evening should allow for some extra time to reach their destinations. Reduced visibility in moderate to heavy snow, as well as slick and dangerous road conditions are expected this evening and overnight. In addition, the morning commute Thursday will be tricky as well, as precipitation is anticipated to be ongoing at that point in time as well, before diminishing in intensity by afternoon.
Stay tuned for later statements. Official statements concerning the storm are available from the National Weather Service.
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