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Heat wave over - Capital Region back into deep freeze Saturday

Heat wave over - Capital Region back into deep freeze Saturday

Heat wave? What heat wave; freeze returns
Heat wave over - Capital Region back into deep freeze Saturday
People walk Jay Street in Schenectady without the need for heavy winter gear during the unseasonably warm temperatures on Friday
Photographer: ERICA MILLER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER

January's one-day heat wave is over.

Temperatures in the Capital Region reached 63 degrees Friday afternoon, and melted much of the Christmas and New Year's week snows.

"The bad news is, we're going back into the deep freeze," said John Quinlan, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albany. 

There's more bad news. Sleet and freezing rain were expected overnight, with all snow in the forecast for Saturday.

"We're not expecting a great deal of accumulation in the greater Capital District, generally one to two inches of snow and sleet and up to about a tenth of an inch of ice," Quinlan said. "It's going to be enough to make the roadways slippery, especially because the temperatures are going to be falling throughout the period."

The forecast says about four inches of snow could fall in Schoharie County. Between eight and 12 inches of snow and sleet are expected across the western Adirondacks.

Bitter cold weather, which froze people last weekend, will encore this weekend.

While temperatures around daybreak Saturday will be about 30 degrees, Quinlan said the day will grow much colder. By Saturday evening, the temperature will be zero to five below zero.

"Highs on Sunday are only going to recover to the mid-teens," Quinlan added. "Lows Sunday night are going to be five to 10 below zero and highs on Monday will be slightly better, in the upper teens."

The Capital Region received some good news Friday. Heavy rains and flooding never became major weather issues, although the Mohawk is still being monitored. The river in the Schenectady area seemed calm during Friday morning and afternoons checks conducted by The Daily Gazette.

Quinlan said the area was not affected by three weather bands that brought rain to points east and west. "The Berkshires had two inches of rain," he said, adding that Hoosic River flooding caused problems in Eagle Bridge and Williamstown, Mass. 

Flooding also was reported in Granville, Washington County.

Winter weather that puts people in golf shirts one day and sweatshirts the next is not unusual. Quinlan said it's part of the January thaw, which generally comes during the middle or end of the month.

The warm-cold double play is also part of winter.

"We've seen that many times," Quinlan said. "It's not that unusual."

Reach Gazette reporter Jeff Wilkin at 518-395-3124 or at wilkin@dailygazette.com. 

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