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Heavy snow continues to blanket Ravena, Coeymans

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    Kaitlin Lembo/Columbia-Greene Media Heavy snowfall blankets Winnie Avenue in the village of Ravena on Wednesday afternoon.
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    Kaitlin Lembo/Columbia-Greene Media Students in the RCS district had a snow day Wednesday, with snowfall beginning mid-morning and expected to continue throughout the afternoon.
February 7, 2018 01:56 pm

RAVENA-COEYMANS — Wednesday morning started out calmly enough, but with meteorologists predicting substantial snowfall throughout the day beginning mid-morning, schools in the RCS district were closed and residents began battening down the hatches.

As predicted, the snow began falling around 9 a.m. or so, and quickly blanketed local streets.

The RCS Central School District announced early Wednesday morning that all four schools would be closed. Some schools around the region began making closure announcements as early as late Tuesday morning.

A winter storm warning remains in effect in Albany County until Thursday at 4 a.m., according to the U.S. National Weather Service.

Between 6 and 10 inches of snow and sleet are expected, with ice accumulation possible.

Travel conditions are expected to be difficult and will worsen during the evening commute, according to the National Weather Service.

Snowfall rates of one to two inches per hour are expected during the heaviest snowfall, which will take place through early evening Wednesday. Travel conditions are expected to be “very hazardous or impossible,” according to the National Weather Service.