CAPITAL REGION -- The winter storm barreling toward the East Coast will bring more snow than initially anticipated -- up to a foot in some places -- the National Weather Service predicted Thursday afternoon.
A winter storm warning has been issued for the entire Capital Region.
Total accumulations -- between 6 and 9 p.m. Thursday through mid-morning Friday -- are now expected to be 8 to 12 inches in southern Saratoga County and the Capital Region, nearly twice as much as was being forecast on Wednesday. Amounts could he higher to the north and west.
"A lot of the models have come together and shown there will be quite a lot of precipitation with this storm," said National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Frugis in Albany.
The storm seems to have more moisture than initially expected, he said, and conditions are also making it more likely that the sleet and rain initially forecast will instead fall as snow overnight Thursday.
It's unusual for the first storm of winter to be so large, and to hit so early.
"A lot of times, we don't see a storm this big until the end of November or into December," Frugis said.
Earlier, Weather Service meteorologist Christina Speciale said the storm should arrive with heavy snow right from the start, toward the end of the evening rush hour.
"It looks like we're going to get a really good burst of snow at the front end," she said. "It should come in hard and fast, with moderate to heavy snow right away, with accumulations of up to an inch an hour."
The storm could make Friday morning's commute treacherous for the second morning in three days.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a statement urging motorists to use caution and avoid necessary travel during the storm.