A winter weather advisory was issued for the Twin Counties and surrounding regions Monday with more snow on the horizon later this week.
The advisory is in effect until 1 p.m. Tuesday, with snow and sleet accumulations from 2-4 inches and ice accumulations of about one-tenth of an inch, according to the National Weather Service in Albany.
Roads may be slippery and the storm will impact the morning commute Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. The snow is expected to transition to sleet and freezing rain Tuesday morning.
Columbia and Greene counties are expected to see more sleet than snow, meteorologist Kevin Lipton said Monday.
“The main storm will start toward midnight tonight and continue through Tuesday morning,” Lipton said. “In Columbia and Greene, it will mostly be a mix of sleet and freezing rain, not much in the way of snow.”
The Twin Counties could see up to two inches of sleet and a tenth- to a quarter-inch of ice, Lipton said.
“It will definitely be impactful for the morning commute tomorrow,” he said. “And we will have to watch for the possibility of ice-related power outages.”
Residents should prepare for potential outages, according to a statement from Central Hudson.
“We are closely monitoring the incoming weather system and have a full complement of crews as well as our core contractors ready to respond if power outages occur,” said Ryan Hawthorne, vice president of electric engineering and operations at Central Hudson. “Our customers, too, are also advised to take precautions. Icing can damage trees and cause limbs to break and fall, bringing down power lines and causing outages and hazardous conditions.”
Residents are advised to stay at least 30 feet away from downed power lines and assume that all downed lines are live. To prepare for the storm, people should charge electronic devices, have flashlights ready and have plenty of water and food that does not need to be cooked or refrigerated on hand.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed state agencies to mobilize emergency response assets Monday in anticipation of the storm.
“This massive weather system is making its way across the country and ready to deliver a one-two punch of snow, ice and heavy winds across the entire state for the next two days,” Cuomo said. “Travel conditions could become extremely dangerous, and I’ve directed our emergency response personnel to get out ahead of this storm and help our local partners. New Yorkers should pay close attention to local weather forecasts and avoid all unnecessary travel.”
Temperatures will have a brief uptick after the storm finishes Tuesday, rising into the mid or upper 30s, Lipton said. Temperatures will fall into the teens Tuesday night and remain in the lower to mid 20s on Wednesday, as the next storm system rears its head.
“There is another storm system for Thursday into Friday,” Lipton said. “It looks like another possibility for perhaps a significant snowfall or wintery mix again.”
It is too early to predict accumulations for Thursday’s storm, Lipton said.
People walking on Warren Street in Hudson on Monday ranged from excited to unbothered about the upcoming snow predictions.
Jonah Schachter and Ben Schachter, of Woodstock, are expecting a snow day Tuesday. Jonah is 7 years old and in second grade.
“Whatever I want,” he said of how he plans to spend his snow day.
Baking chocolate chip cookies, eating candy and playing Nintendo are among his plans for the day.
“I’m going to do what he wants to do,” Ben Schachter, who is at least three times the size of his snow day buddy, said. “He’s the boss.”
Kathy Rogers-Carroll, of New Paltz, bought micro-spikes for her shoes because there has been so much snow, she said while waiting in line for Breadfolks, 322 Warren St., in freezing temperatures before the snowfall began.
“We’ve been getting plenty of opportunities to get outside and try to get out of our houses,” she said.
Ann Rento, of Albany, doesn’t see the storm as much to write home about.
“We’re so used to this, so it’s not a big deal,” she said. “I grew up in Albany, so bring it on!”
Dan Travers, also of Albany, is not fazed by the storm predictions.
“I think it’s winter in upstate New York,” he said. “It’s just another snowstorm, right?”
Robert Tomlinson of Catskill shopped for necessities Monday to prepare for the storm.
“I just completed shopping for two to three days,” he said. “I have all of my equipment ready and clean and on the porch or near the porch. It’s all about how to stay safe, us staying home warm and comfortable and having enough supplies in the house.”
Eric Delage, also of Catskill, is taking a more spontaneous approach to the winter weather.
“I didn’t watch the weather,” he said. “I’m just going to kind of wing it.”
Delage said his children will likely play on the snowbanks or go sleigh riding on West Bridge Street.
Richard Wagoner, of Athens, said his household is prepared.
“Personally, I’m not doing anything because I have no need to,” he said. “My partner has all of that under control.”
The village of Catskill declared a snow emergency, which will begin at 8 p.m. Monday night.
Vehicles should be on the odd side of the street at 8 p.m. Water Street will have normal parking regulations.