Some snow Monday afternoon could complicate the evening commute in the Capital Region and Mohawk Valley, though the main brunt of the coming wintry weather is expected overnight and is trending toward a mix of sleet and freezing rain, according to the National Weather Service’s Albany bureau.
NWS Albany meteorologist Kevin Lipton said the area should expect a “period of snow this afternoon,” through about 4 p.m. that could drop up to an inch of snow on some parts of the area.
“This is not the main storm system,” Lipton said. “But, there’s a little bit of energy out ahead of it . . . for this initial thing that may come through and produce some slippery travel conditions for this afternoon and evening.”
The main storm, Lipton said, will roll in overnight Monday night and run through early Tuesday morning and should produce more in terms of icy conditions than snow.
“Trends are looking more like it’s going to be a sleet and freezing rain mix across the Capital Region and parts of the Mohawk Valley,” he said. “It’s looking to be more of an icy mix and less pure snow.”
As of early Monday afternoon, Lipton said the NWS Albany is forecasting anywhere from 3 to 6 inches of accumulation throughout the region, with current trends pointing toward the lower end of that scale, or, he said, “even slightly lower than that.”
Lipton said that the current forecast is for most of the overnight accumulation to come in the form of either sleet or ice.
The areas likely to be hit hardest by ice, Lipton said, will be southern portions of the region — primarily south and east of Albany — including southern parts of Albany County, as well as areas in Schoharie and Rensselaer counties.
“In those areas,” he said, “we can’t rule out a few isolated power outages due to icing. We’re not expecting widespread [outages] at this time, but you can’t completely rule out some due to isolated issues.”