The worst had yet to come.
Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Albany said late Tuesday morning that the winter storm hitting the Capital Region will hit harder than initially expected: Two feet of snow is now expected.
"The track of the storm shifted just slightly to the west," said meteorologist Joe Cebulko. "That kind of resulted in our tweaking the forecast a little bit for some higher snowfall amounts, since we'll be closer to the low-pressure center and we should get some higher snowfall rates."
At noon, the heaviest snowfall was still south of the Capital Region. But the system was moving northeast - Cebulko said the heaviest snowfall would arrive by 2 p.m. Heavy snow will fall for the rest of the afternoon, he said, before diminishing between 7 and 10 p.m.
Heavier winds are also expected during the afternoon.
The tricky storm also fooled meteorologists during the early morning hours. Monday night's forecast said the snow would start at daybreak, which is about 6 a.m. But snow was falling at 2 and 3 a.m. in some areas.
"It definitely was moving a little quicker than we expected," Cebulko said. "A lot of the snow showers started in the early morning hours."