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Storm likely to fall short of initial snow expectations

Storm likely to fall short of initial snow expectations

Snow shifted to sleet earlier than initial weather forecasts predicted
Storm likely to fall short of initial snow expectations
A bicyclist makes his way up Eastern Avenue in Schenectady during Tuesday's snowstorm.
Photographer: Peter Barber/Daily Gazette photographer

Tuesday's winter storm petered out early and shifted to sleet by the evening, leaving the region with less snow accumulation than was initially predicted.

A range of 6 to 10 inches of snow was forecast for Schenectady County, and slightly more than 10 inches was predicated for Saratoga County, while Albany County was initially expected to see less snow — 5 to 9 inches. But by Tuesday afternoon, weather experts were revising their predictions.

"It looks like the snow total will be lower than expected," said National Weather Service Meteorologist Jennifer Vogt. Total accumulation would probably average closer to 8 inches across the region, she added.

Initially, the snow was expected to switch to sleet overnight. But the sleet came early,  playing a role in the lower accumulation amounts, Vogt said.

Temperatures were more in line with Monday's predictions -- the morning saw the day's coldest temperatures, 14 to 15 degrees -- and by Tuesday afternoon and evening, those numbers rose to around 20 degrees. Temperatures were expected to hit the upper 30s later in the week.

"It's been pretty steady temperature-wise. It's been pretty cold," Vogt said.

While there wasn't another large snowstorm on the radar for the weekend as of Tuesday afternoon, Capital Region residents could look forward to at least some wintry weather later in the week, according to Vogt.

"What we have right now is an active weather pattern. Snow is certainly a possibility, but so is sleet or freezing rain," Vogt said.

Details would be clearer later in the week, Vogt said, but she said there would probably be some snow squalls and smaller scattered showers between Wednesday and the end of the week, with little to no accumulation.

"It looks like a wintry mix going into Friday, but it's all up in the air right now," she said.

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