Mid-April storm heading to region

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By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

Courtesy of National Weather Service/Albany

The first day of spring is long gone and Easter was Sunday, but it looks like winter is still not done with us yet.

A winter storm warning is in effect for the Capital Region from 6 p.m. Monday evening to noon on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service at Albany.

Heavy, wet snow is expected in some areas, with accumulations as high as 5 to 10 inches in western Greene and Ulster counties. Snowfall rates may reach up to an inch per hour late Monday and into early Tuesday, so the weather agency urges caution if you must be on the road.

Westerlo, Preston Hollow, Altamont, Berne and Knox in western Albany County could get 6-8 inches of snow, with precipitation expected to begin around 6 p.m. tonight. Travel is expected to be difficult and could impact the morning commute, forecasters predicted.

Depending on location, some areas will receive rain.

Utility company Central Hudson advised customers to get ready for winter weather. Wind gusts, coupled with wet snow, could topple trees and tree limbs, causing them to fall onto power lines and cause service interruptions.

“We are closely monitoring the potential for winter weather that could create hazardous conditions and cause power outages, especially in the northern and western portion of our service area,” said Ryan Hawthorne, vice president of Electric Engineering and Operations at Central Hudson.

Line workers are on call to respond to power outages as they occur, according to the company.

“In addition to our full complement of internal and core contract professionals, we have secured mutual aid with approximately 75 line workers and supervisors to help expedite repairs if the need arises,” Hawthorne said.

The company urged people to stay away from downed power lines; it is impossible to tell whether they are live or not, so extreme caution is urged. Do not drive over fallen wires and stay at least 30 feet away from a downed power line and anything it comes in contact with, according to the utility company.

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