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Region to enjoy the calm after the storm Sunday

Saturday, February 9, 2013
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Quinn Becker, 11, of Niskayuna, helps his father Steve Becker with shoveling snow from their driveway Saturday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Quinn Becker, 11, of Niskayuna, helps his father Steve Becker with shoveling snow from their driveway Saturday.

— Sunday should be a great day to enjoy the snow.

“It looks like it will be a mostly sunny day,” said Kevin Lipton, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albany.

Temperatures in the Capital Region are expected to reach the high 20s and the wind will be significantly decreased compared to Saturday, when gusts exceeded 20 mph. Today’s conditions, Lipton said, should make for a welcoming environment to anyone who wants to ski, snowshoe or skate.

This will be a relaxing change from the anticipation leading up to the wind-driven snow that fell Friday and continued into the morning Saturday. That snowfall ended up falling short of expectations, which were for at least a foot locally.

Accumulations totaled about 6 to 10 inches instead, according to Lipton.

The weather made for slow going late Friday, when there were many fender-benders and road closures, but by late Saturday things were pretty much back to normal. Area law enforcement agencies reported nothing out of the ordinary, and there were no other reports of weather-related accidents.

Travel at the Albany International Airport was also back to normal Saturday night, despite cancellations earlier in the day and late Friday.

Roads and sidewalks should be even better today because of the likely sunshine, according to Lipton. He said surfaces that were shoveled or treated will likely be able to melt, despite below-freezing temperatures.

The next storm could come Monday, but Lipton said it would be a much weaker system coming out of the Great Lakes. This would also be a warmer system, with the possibility of some icing or rain.

 
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