Winter storm brings several inches of snow


By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

The area’s first substantial storm brought several inches of snow to the area. Courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority

An overnight winter storm blanketed the region in several inches of snow.

As of 8 a.m., the storm brought 4.3 inches to Albany International Airport, according to the National Weather Service Albany.

It was the first significant winter storm of the season.

Albany County saw about 3-6 inches, with lower elevations of Greene County seeing about the same. Higher elevations can expect to see significantly more by the time the storm is done, with forecasts predicting around 12-18 inches in Hunter and surrounding areas, according to the agency.

Snow stopped Monday morning across most of the area, but there is still the possibility of more precipitation, mostly in the form of icy rain and sleet.

“Precipitation will continue to transition from snow to a wintry mix including freezing rain this morning as warmer air works into the area,” according to the National Weather Service Albany website. “A changeover to plain rain is expected up the Hudson River Valley, across northwestern Connecticut into portions of the Berkshires.”

Snow totals across the Capital Region vary and the New York State Thruway Authority urged drivers to use care on the roads if they choose to travel at all.

“Plow operators are working around the clock to make your drive safer,” according to a Thruway Authority statement. “If you must travel, please use caution an adjust speed to the conditions.”

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