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By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

The first major snowstorm of the season is expected to begin Saturday evening and continue through early Sunday. Courtesy of Metro Creative Graphics

ALBANY — Winter has been relatively mild so far, but that is expected to change this weekend.

A winter storm watch is in effect for the Capital Region from Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening, according to the National Weather Service in Albany.

Heavy snow is possible, with total accumulations ranging from 6 to 12 inches, with wind gusts as high as 35 mph.

Precipitation could begin Saturday afternoon but the heaviest snowfall is expected overnight Saturday to early Sunday.

“Travel could be very difficult due to snow-covered roadways and reduced visibility,” according to the National Weather Service. “Snowfall rates may be close to 1 inch per hour at times for late Saturday night into early Sunday morning.”

After the weekend storm subsides, we may not be done just yet.

“Another storm system late Tuesday into Wednesday may bring additional wintry impacts of snow, mixed precipitation and windy conditions,” according to the winter storm watch. “In addition, heavy rainfall and localized flooding may be possible.”

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