One snowstorm down, another on the way

The winter storm that blanketed the region with wet, heavy snow Tuesday tapered off in the evening.
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The winter storm that blanketed the region with wet, heavy snow Tuesday tapered off in the evening.

“It looks like it’s winding down,” said meteorologist Steve DiRienzo of the National Weather Service bureau in Albany.

But by early this morning snow will start again, he said. Between daybreak and about 10 a.m. another couple of inches of snow is expected to fall on the region, making the morning commute a messy, slow drive.

“The commute will be quite difficult,” DiRienzo said.

Tuesday’s snow — about five inches in Albany, six inches in Schenectady, nearly 10 inches in Saratoga Springs and points west and north — canceled most evening programs at schools and churches.

Some schools released students early because of the day-long snowfall and some town and village meetings were postponed or canceled.

The inclement weather also postponed boys’ and girls’ high school sectional basketball games scheduled for Tuesday evening.

Some of these games have been rescheduled for tonight and some will be played Thursday (see www.dailygazette.com for times and locations).

About 10 incoming flights at Albany International Airport were canceled by Tuesday night and another four or five flights were delayed because of the weather conditions. The airport remained open.

“The temperature never got above freezing,” DiRienzo said.

After 10 a.m. today, the region’s temperature will start dropping and winds will pick up. By later this afternoon, the temperature will drop into the teens with the wind blowing between 15 and 25 miles per hour, DiRienzo said.

Police departments and road crews spent late Tuesday afternoon and early evening responding to icy trouble spots, especially in hilly areas.

For example, Route 29 at Route 147 in Galway was closed for at least an hour so that cars and trucks stuck on the steep hill could be moved and the hill sanded and plowed.

The Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department reported that icy, snow-packed hills on Route 67 and Route 9N also required special attention.

In Saratoga Springs, the heavy snow brought down some telephone and cable television lines in Geyser Crest and other parts of the city. Tractor trailers became stuck on icy, snow-packed Geyser Road and Van Dam Street until sand trucks could pass to get them moving again, according to city police.

The snow was the result of a low-pressure system in the eastern Ohio Valley that tracked southeast bringing precipitation to New York and southern New England, according to the National Weather Service.

DiRienzo said the reason for icy hills late in the day is that during late February, warmth tends to build up in roadways during the day. After sunset when temperatures drop, icing can occur that makes it difficult for the vehicles to climb the hills unless they are salted or sanded.

Cold weather will continue to flow into the Capital Region. By Friday, nighttime lows could be around zero, even in Albany, and below zero in northern Saratoga County and points north.

“It’s going to feel like winter again,” DiRienzo said.

There could also be more snow on the way for the weekend, particularly in the Adirondacks, he said.

Police in the region reported no serious accidents caused by the storm. Numerous cars skidded off the Northway and other roadways because of wet, slippery snow, police said.

A fatal accident on the Northway between Exit 17 in Saratoga County and Exit 18 in Warren County was apparently not weather-related. Police said the driver of a car was going the wrong direction on the Northway when he hit a tractor-trailer head on at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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