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First snow of season, below-freezing temps could mean hazardous driving

November 7, 2019 05:46 pm

Columbia-Greene Media

Winter is arriving early this year.

After the Twin Counties see the first snow of the season late Thursday into Friday, a cold front will make its way into the region and may be followed by more snow early next week, according to meteorologists.

Rain on Thursday was expected to turn into snow around sunset and continue into early Friday morning.

“We have a cold front that will be approaching from the north this afternoon,” meteorologist Kevin Lipton with the National Weather Service Albany said Thursday.

Light snow was expected to stop around midnight, making way for below-normal temperatures for the next few days.

“We are not expecting a lot of accumulation, maybe a coating to a quarter of an inch, mostly on grassy areas and cars,” Lipton said. “After the precipitation ends, temperatures overnight will drop and should be in the mid-20s by morning.”

Snow accumulation in higher elevations, such as those in western Greene County and eastern Columbia County, could be several inches, but most of the Twin Counties will see a dusting.

Though the snow is expected to end around midnight, the below-freezing temperatures following the precipitation could lead to a tricky commute Friday morning.

“Even though there will be minimal snow, roads can freeze up and there may be slippery spots on the road for the morning commute,” Lipton said.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged New Yorkers to get ready for potentially hazardous driving conditions and cold temperatures around the state.

“This storm is projected to create dangerous road conditions in many areas across the state, and we are going to provide all the necessary resources and work with local authorities to respond to any public safety concerns,” Cuomo said.

Some areas of the state, including the Capital Region, will see more snow than others, Cuomo said. Higher peaks in the Adirondacks could see as much as six inches. The North Country and Mohawk Valley are also expected to see higher amounts of snow.

After the rain and snow taper off, temperatures are expected to drop.

“The cold weather will stay with us for the next week. Daytime highs on Friday and Saturday will be in the low to mid-30s, and overnight lows will be in the low to mid-20s. It will feel like mid-winter,” Lipton said.

Temperatures are expected to be well below normal for this time of the year, he added. Early November temperatures are typically a high of 52 degrees in the daytime and lows in the mid-30s overnight.

“We will be running a good 15 or 20 degrees or more below normal,” Lipton said.

This might not be the end of it, he added. The National Weather Service Albany is keeping an eye on another system that may move into the area early next week, bringing with it the chance of more snow.

“There is another possibility for more snow Monday night into Tuesday,” Lipton said. “The jury is out as to whether there will be a dusting or more significant accumulation.”