Snow, topped by a coating of ice, blanketed the Twin Counties on Wednesday.
“We expect the worst of the storm to be in the early- to mid-afternoon hours,” said Joe Cebulko, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Albany. “There is a possibility for a small amount of freezing rain to mix in with the snow during the afternoon.”
Snow bands dropped 1 to 2 inches of snow in the area starting late Wednesday morning, said Tom Wasula, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Albany.
“We are expecting a coating to another inch of snow in advisory areas and another 1 to 3 inches in warning areas,” Wasula said. A sliver of the eastern part of Greene County and all of Columbia County were under a Winter Weather Advisory. Northern and western portions of Greene County were under a Winter Storm Warning.
Residents in the Capital Region measured snowfall totals in their area and sent their reports to the National Weather Service in Albany.
About 4.5 inches had fallen in Greenville by 1:30 p.m., Wasula said, adding Catskill reported 3.3 inches by 1 p.m., and 3 inches in Freehold at 3 p.m.
In Columbia County, 3 inches of snow had fallen by 11:30 a.m. with about 2.5 inches of snow in Germantown and 2 inches in Livingston and Taghkanic, according to measurements.
Sleet was predicted to fall in the region through Wednesday evening, which would continue to make roads slick, Cebulko said.
“It looks like the sleet will mix with the snow,” he said. “This will be a rough travel afternoon and an icy commute home.”
Despite the snow, local retailers said people continued to flock in and enjoy business as usual.
“Spotty Dog loves the snow,” said Sara Beckley, bartender at Spotty Dog Books and Ale in Hudson. “Employees who live close by come in and make a fun, comfortable environment where people play games, drink tea and have fun.”
Beckley said the shop normally has a robust crowd by the afternoon as people walk from all over town.
“The whole day is special because it’s a snow day,” Beckley said. “Everyone lets go a little bit and has some fun.”
Broad Street Bagels in Kinderhook saw its usual morning rush despite the weather.
“We are almost completely sold out of everything we have,” owner Paul Calcagno III said. “I just had to bake more bagels.”
Calcagno said he had a full dining room Wednesday morning with customers, including teachers, in high spirits.
“We’re open normal hours today,” Calcagno said. “We never close.”
As the valley tries to rid the roads of snow, Greene County’s ski country is enjoying the business the weather is likely to bring it.
“Midweek, we usually get a slump, but this weekend we expect a huge boom in business,” said Lori Torgersen, co-owner of Higher Grounds Coffee Shop in Windham. “It’s always quiet during actual snow because people are skiing.”
The weekend is expected to be a great time for business because people will come to the mountaintop to ski after the storm.
“Some people will take Friday off to get an extra day of skiing in,” Torgersen said. “We will forgo a busy day in hopes of a lot of people this weekend.”
Prattsville is also enjoying the boom in business from Wednesday’s winter weather. Prattsville Arts Center and Residency is a small haven for those who want to get out of the cold and enjoy the center’s amenities, Center Director Nancy Barton said.
“Kids come in and play on the computers and artisans come in,” she said.
The center isn’t normally open for business Wednesdays, but people still drop in when the center is closed, which staff don’t mind.
“We could not do this without the awesome plow services and road recovery efforts that the mountaintop offers,” Barton said. “We are able to get here and move around because of them.”
The sleet and ice hindered snow accumulation, Wasula said.
“We are expecting anywhere from a coating to an eighth to a tenth of an inch of ice,” Wasula said.
A winter weather advisory remained in effect for Columbia County and the eastern portion of Greene County through 4 a.m. today. A winter storm warning was in effect for the western part of Greene County, including Windham, Hunter and Tannersville, until 4 a.m.
Wednesday’s storm played out exactly as forecasters expected, Cebulko said.
State police responded to a report of one car off the road in Columbia County before 12:30 p.m.
Hudson and Catskill police said they had no weather-related incidents to report Wednesday.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office handled three minor property damage accidents and two vehicles off the road before 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Capt. John DeRocha said. There were no injuries.