A winter storm is projected to drop up to 10 inches of snow, starting Tuesday afternoon, according to weather officials.
Skies are expected to be mostly clear Tuesday morning, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Christina Speciale. Around noon, snow will start to fall all over the Capital Region, continuing into the evening.
“When people wake up tomorrow, there might be nothing going on. A lot of snow will fall during the day,” she said.
In Albany, 5 to 9 inches of snow is expected, Speciale said. The weather will be a bit more severe in nearby areas, with 6 to 10 inches of snow estimated for Schenectady County and slightly more than 10 inches in Saratoga County.
Area temperatures will be coldest Tuesday morning, before the snow, at 14 to 15 degrees.
Through Tuesday afternoon and evening, those numbers will rise to around 20 degrees and should eventually hit the upper 30s later in the week, Speciale said.
Once the snow starts, it could fall at a rate of an inch per hour, which will make for a treacherous evening commute, Speciale said.
As Tuesday night draws to a close, the snow will most likely shift to sleet, with precipitation continuing into Wednesday. In the Mohawk Valley, there is a possibility that snow, not freezing rain, will persist into Wednesday.
Capital Region residents should plan for the inclement weather by setting aside extra time to travel, if they have to travel at all, Speciale said.
“The evening commute tomorrow looks to be very hazardous with heavy snow,” she said. “People should be mindful of snow accumulation, sleet accumulation and even wind speeds.”
Area municipalities — including Amsterdam and Rotterdam — issued snow emergency declarations Monday, effective at noon on Tuesday. Residents should check their municipalities’ websites for details.
Schools also began to call for delays on Monday ahead of the storm. The Mohonasen Central School District announced it would dismiss middle school and high school students at 10:50 a.m. Elementary school students were to be dismissed at 11:30 a.m., and the possibility remained that school would be closed for the day, according to an email from the district to parents issued Monday.