Winter weather hits Capital Region, causes delays and cancellations

The advisory is in effect until 1 p.m. Saturday. 
Snow outside The Daily Gazette offices in Schenectady, Dec. 17, 2016.
Snow outside The Daily Gazette offices in Schenectady, Dec. 17, 2016.

The National Weather Service in Albany has issued a winter weather advisory that will be in effect until 1 p.m. Saturday. 

There could be 3 to 6 inches of snow and sleet over the Mohawk Valley and greater Capital Region, along with some brief freezing rain. There could also be a one-tenth of an inch coating of ice, especially south of the Capital Region, the advisory said.

[Full weather forecast]

As temperatures rise through the 20s this morning and above freezing this afternoon, snow will continue through mid to late morning, and then change to light freezing rain, sleet, and then rain. There could be wind gusts up to 30 mph, the advisory said.

There are multiple accidents on Capital Region highways, mostly clustered in the Albany area around 11 a.m., according to

Expect periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain to cause travel difficulties, the advisory said, and be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibility. 

[List of closings]

In Saratoga Springs, the Recreation Center is closed until further notice, along with Saturday’s basketball games, the Department of Recreation said. 

The Empire State Plaza ice rink will open at 1:30 p.m., as crews clean snow off the ice, the Office of General Services said.

The Albany Police Athletic League’s annual kids Christmas party has been cancelled, police said. Gifts can be redeemed next week at the Albany PAL Center, 844 Madison Ave., between 2 and 5 p.m.

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