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Now the frigid temps come

Now the frigid temps come

Cold follows the snow
Now the frigid temps come
Glenville highway workers watch as a front end loader fills a town snow plow with road salt at the Vley Ave. facility Tuesday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

CAPITAL REGION -- The latest round of wintry weather was on track to drop a foot of snow in some areas of the Capital Region before tapering off early Wednesday, according to meteorologists. 

Brian Montgomery, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said on Tuesday afternoon that a weather forecast from earlier in the week -- calling for 6 inches to a foot of accumulation -- appeared to be holding true for the Capital Region. Snow began to fall Tuesday morning and was expected taper off by midnight.

Temperatures were expected to drop well below zero into Thursday, Montgomery said. 

A winter storm warning covering counties across the Capital Region was expected to expire at 4 a.m. Wednesday, Montgomery said.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo warned New Yorkers on Tuesday about the cold temperatures arriving with the storm. He also urged drivers to avoid traveling during the storm and issued a statewide ban on tractor-trailers and buses on state highways. 

Once the snow stops, cold air was expected to stick around for a few days before warming a bit. There could be some snow showers Wednesday afternoon, Montgomery said, but the real danger will be frigid temperatures -- as low as 6 below.

Temperatures were expected to reach 10 to 13 degrees on Thursday before plunging again overnight -- to zero degrees. By Saturday, temperatures were expected to return to around 20 degrees, Montgomery said.

After this storm, there were no large weather events looming, Montgomery said, adding that there is still plenty of winter left, and large storms are possible right into March.

"We're still in the heart of the winter season," he said.

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