A winter storm warning is in effect for the Capital Region from 6 p.m. this evening through 8 p.m. Tuesday as an approaching storm is predicted to bring several inches of snow mixed with sleet.
The snow reached the western I-80 corridor in Pennsylvania by daybreak today, according to Accuweather.com.
"Right now we're forecasting between 8 to 10 inches," said George Maglaras, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Albany, "so we're going to be in that area of it possibly being the biggest snowfall this year."
"It'll spread into the region this evening probably around or shortly after sunset," he said. "There is a small chance we might get some mixed precipitation tomorrow morning and then it'll kind of change back to snow. The heaviest precipitation will come tonight when it's cold enough for it to be all snow. Then after that it gets a little lighter but continues through most of tomorrow, at which time there is an outside chance we could have a mix of precipitation.
"We have it definitely mixing with other precipitation types south of here. Right now if you took our forecast very literally, some mixed precipitation would come right up to the Capital District area for a few hours tomorrow morning around sunrise. That would be sleet and freezing rain. Tomorrow afternoon, as daytime temperatures go up it may just be a mix of rain and snow. Accumulating snow will probably come in pretty quickly tonight and snow hard for 6 to 8 hours and lighten up later on tonight, and then we have the threat of mixed precipitation."
In surrounding areas in high terrain and north of here, 8 to 16 inches is forecast for this storm.
So far this season, the most significant snowfall amounts have been on Dec. 26 and 27 (7.8 inches) and on March 7 and 8 (9.6) inches.