More rain, sleet on the way today

As little Annie sings: “The Sun’ll come out tomorrow, So ya gotta hang on ’till tomorrow.”
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As little Annie sings: “The Sun’ll come out tomorrow, So ya gotta hang on ’till tomorrow.”

But today, according to the National Weather Service, we will see only rain, possibly freezing rain, and sleet.

A flood watch is posted for the entire Capital Region until this evening.

Weather advisories have been posted for slippery roads and possible power outages if freezing rain exceeds one-half inch on trees and power lines and the wind picks up, as predicted.

But on Thursday, the weather will turn sunny with temperatures into the mid-40s, according to the National Weather Service in Albany.

The impending wintry mix of sleet and possibly freezing rain Tuesday night forced the postponement of sectional high school basketball games until tonight.

The boys game between Mechanicville and Rensselaer scheduled for Tuesday was rescheduled for 6 tonight, and the game between Bishop Gibbons and Albany Academy was rescheduled for 7:30 p.m., both at the Glens Falls Civic Center. The girls’ sectional game between Averill Park and Franklin Academy/Malone will be played at 6 tonight at Adirondack Community College in Queensbury. Details can be found at www.dailygazette.com.

Evening classes at many school districts and town and village meetings on Tuesday evening were also canceled or postponed in anticipation of icy roads.

Kimberly Sutkevich, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albany, said between an inch and 3 inches of rain are expected to fall starting late on Tuesday and going into early today, increasing the chances of localized flooding.

No major flooding had been reported as of 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sutkevich said.

The temperature was at 33 degrees in Albany on Tuesday night but was expected to drop to freezing later Tuesday and into early today, possibly causing a buildup of as much as a half-inch of ice on roads, trees and power lines in some locations, especially to the north in Saratoga and Warren counties. The freezing rain was expected between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 1 a.m. today. A mix of rain and sleet is expected today as temperatures move back above freezing.

A low pressure system out of West Virginia was bringing the rain into the Capital Region, and colder air out of Canada was bringing cooler temperatures, Sutkevich said. This could cause today’s icy mix.

Rain totals for the day Tuesday were between a half-inch at Albany International Airport and just 0.27 inches in Scotia.

No power outages of any extent had been reported Tuesday night.

The weather service is predicting some thunder this morning as the temperature increases above freezing again. Winds are expected to pick up during the day to as much as 30 mph by afternoon.

Though the sun will come out Thursday and the temperature during the day will rise up into the 40s, Sutkevich said, by Thursday night and into Friday, the weather service is tracking another storm that could bring rain, sleet and snow back into the Capital Region and North Country.

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