CAPITAL REGION - The region could see its first snow storm of the season tonight and along with it bitter cold temperatures.
The cold temperatures have officials in Schenectady already declaring a Code Blue to help get those without homes inside.
A winter storm advisory is in effect for Fulton, Montgomery, Schoharie and northern Saratoga counties from 1 p.m. Monday until noon on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.
Wet snow, freezing rain and sleet are expected in those areas. Northern Fulton County is expected to see total snow accumulations of between 3 to 5 inches are expected as are ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch, the National Weather Service said, while the other areas in the advisory are expected to see between 1 to 3 inches of snow and a light glaze of ice.
Schenectady, Albany and southern Saratoga counties are expected to see possible light accumulations of snow, sleet or freezing rain. Falling temperatures on Tuesday could lead to hazardous travel conditions during the morning commute, the service said.
Once the storm moves through, temperatures are expected to drop, the service said. Tuesday night's forecast low is 9 degrees in Schenectady, while Wednesday night's low is expected to reach 13.
The Schenectady Police Department Monday publicized Schenectady County's Code Blue, called by the county Department of Social Services commissioner. The Code Blue is to run through Wednesday at 8 a.m.
The Schenectady Police Department's Facebook message:
"Please help spread the word. If you, a loved one or a person you know is homeless in Schenectady County call 518-382-0383 (after-hours) or go to one of the area’s shelters this weekend: Bethesda House (834 State Street; City Mission (425 Hamilton Street); or the Altamont Program (428 Duane Avenue). You can also contact the Schenectady County Dispatch at 518-630-0911 or walk into the Schenectady City Police Department at 531 Liberty Street, Schenectady. The main number for the Department of Social Services is 518-388-4470 during regular working hours. Remember, Monday, November 11 is the Veteran’s Day Holiday and County Offices are closed, so use the after-hours number, 518-382-0383, if necessary."