Snow, ice heading into region

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By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

Snowfall totals will vary from a storm heading into the area late Sunday into Monday. File photo

The local area could see anywhere from 2 to 5 inches of snow in a storm expected to begin Sunday night before turning to rain Monday morning.

Forecast models anticipate most parts of Albany County, including Ravena and Coeymans, will receive around 3 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service Albany website.

Lower elevation areas in Greene County will see the same, but the mountaintop will have significant snowfall, with 11 inches predicted for Hunter and surrounding municipalities. Durham could see as much as 9-12 inches before the storm heads out.

Areas west of Albany will see higher amounts of accumulation, with Westerlo predicted to have about 8 inches.

“Snow totals will vary greatly over short distances due to terrain,” according to National Weather Service Albany. “Difficult travel is expected tonight into Monday morning across eastern New York/western New England.”

Snowfall is expected to spread from south to north across the region beginning late Sunday and will be heavy at times overnight between midnight and 9 a.m. before turning to a wintry mix that could bring a light glaze to a tenth of an inch of ice to the region.

“The snow will change to a wintry mix or rain from south to north late tonight through Monday morning,” the agency said Sunday.

The switch from snow to icy rain or rain will reduce the amount of snow totals throughout the area.

There is also the potential for strong winds late Sunday night into Monday morning, which could lead to downed tree limbs and power outages.

The New York State Thruway posted electronic signs Saturday urging drivers to avoid unnecessary travel late Sunday into Monday in anticipation of the winter storm.

The snow comes on the heels of frigid temperatures the last couple of days.

Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy encouraged drivers to stay off the roads during the storm.

“We’ve been experiencing dangerously cold weather and we are expecting snow and ice to blanket much of our region starting tonight,” McCoy said Sunday morning. “Our Department of Public Works crews are ready to clear the roads, but I ask that you stay home if possible to be safe and make their job easier.”

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