“April is the cruellest month … mixing memory and desire,” wrote poet T.S. Eliot in his 1922 poem, “The Waste Land.”
He could have been writing about today’s weather, though it won’t be as cruel as first thought.
The National Weather Service in Albany issued a winter-storm warning early Thursday, but by evening it had been downgraded to a winter-weather advisory.
“The big difference is the track of the storm; it’s farther to the east,” said John Quinlan, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
Instead of 6 to 12 inches of snow earlier predicted, the Capital Region will be getting between 3 and 6 inches of wet snow.
“I don’t think anybody will complain,” Quinlan said.
The event was to start with rain around midnight and turn to all snow and affect this morning’s commute. The snow will change to all rain this afternoon as temperatures rise to 40 degrees or more.
The nor’easter coming up along the Atlantic Coast will pack the biggest punch in eastern New England.
“I’m hoping that it will be just a huge April Fools’ joke,” said Superintendent L. Oliver Robinson of the Shenendehowa Central School District. He said the school district has used four of its five snow days. “We have one snow day left and I hope not to use it.”
In the Saratoga Springs City School District, administrators were planning a three-hour delay in the start of classes today, if necessary, because they are out of their built-in snow days.
“We have used five and are already one over,” said Superintendent Janice White; the city school district built four snow days into its 2010-11 schedule. The district will hold a staff conference day on June 27 to make up for the extra snow day.
Schools have to have at least 180 days of school each year.
The Niskayuna Central School District planned for five snow days and has used only four, said district spokesman Tracy King.
“It’s been a tough winter,” King said.
Snow in April in the Capital Region is to be expected.
“We have had many, many big storms in April,” Quinlan said.
The biggest April snowstorm came in 1982 when 17.7 inches of snow fell on the Albany-Schenectady area. The April 9-10 snow storm in 2000 dumped between 12 and 24 inches on parts of the Capital Region, Quinlan said.
So far, a total of 86.3 inches of snow has fallen in Albany since last October, placing this winter season among the 15 snowiest on record.
If Albany, where the records are kept, were to get 3.7 inches of snow today, it would move the winter into the 10th snowiest, passing the winter of 1947-48, according to National Weather Service records.
The winter weather advisory will be in effect through 8 p.m. today. The weekend weather looks partly sunny, a bit windy, with highs in the 40s but no more snow.
Storm cancellations started being announced Thursday and include:
* First Friday events at the Albany Institute have been canceled and a talk by Laura Shore of Mohawk Fine Papers has been rescheduled from today to June 3.
* An art show reception at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame on Union Avenue in Saratoga Springs has been postponed from today to April 7. However, the student art show will be open to the public on Saturday.