A small band of freezing rain moving through the Capital Region glazed the roads with ice, but temperatures are expected warm up through the afternoon and night.
The number of accidents calls started to tick up early afternoon at the Schenectady County dispatch center, a dispatcher said. Lanes on I-87 were closed near Exit 1 in Guilderland from an accident at 1:40 p.m.
When the spell of freezing rain started at about 1 p.m., the surface temperatures were still below freezing, causing slippery conditions, especially on untreated roads.
But the icy conditions could lift in the coming hours as temperatures continue to rise, National Weather Service meteorologist Ingrid Amberger said. At around 2 p.m. it was 29 degrees at Albany and temperatures are expected to rise to the mid-40s overnight, she said.
More significant and widespread rainfall is expected across the region tonight, with the likelihood increasing later in the day. As temperatures climb more slowly in the Mohawk River Valley and southern Adirondacks and northern Saratoga County, the early round of rain could come in as freezing rain, Amberger said.
After climbing to the mid-40s by Tuesday morning, as rain continues, temperatures are expected gradually fall througout the day Tuesday, reaching the mid to low 30s by sunset and overnight.