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Grab a shovel: You’ll need it today

Grab a shovel: You’ll need it today

An overnight snowstorm brought as much as a foot of snow to the Capital Region last night and this m

An overnight snowstorm brought as much as a foot of snow to the Capital Region last night and this morning.

Snow will be light and taper off by noon or 1 p.m., said National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Villani. Area residents can expect anywhere from 6 inches to a foot of snow to have accumulated by morning, he said.

“There could still be lingering snow, which is why we’re keeping our winter storm warning in effect until 1 p.m. tomorrow,” he said Saturday evening.

Most of the precipitation will be light and fluffy, making for easier shoveling, but some sleet may mix in, Villani said.

Area first-responders dealt with a slew of minor accidents Saturday night, but no major crashes had been reported.

Once the storm passes, Villani said it should be dry this afternoon, with only sporadic flurries expected to pass through.

“Low temperatures will be somewhere around 10 degrees, but the wind will be blowing, so it won’t feel pleasant,” he said.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning Saturday, in effect through this afternoon, for the Greater Capital District, Schoharie Valley, eastern Catskills, mid-Hudson Valley, northern and central Taconics, Berkshires and southern Vermont.

A snowstorm in mid-December is hardly unusual. Villani said 2012 was an unusual winter for the Capital Region, with only 0.7 inches of snow having fallen by this time.

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