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High winds slam Capital Region on Sunday

High winds slam Capital Region on Sunday

Powerful winds with some strong gusts blew through the Capital Region on Sunday, not only adding an extra bite to an already chilly day, but some damage in some places as well.

Schenectady was under a wind advisory for much of the day Sunday as winds between 15 and 25 mph and gusts up to 50 mph were expected. Recorded wind gusts in the Schenectady early Sunday hit between 35 and 40 mph, according to the National Weather Service in Albany.

An overnight wind gust was determined to be the immediate cause of a newly installed marble sign at the historic St. John the Evangelist Church in Schenectady toppling to the ground.

Fulton-Montgomery County, Schoharie County, Saratoga County, Albany County and Rensselaer County were also under a wind advisory until 7 p.m. on Sunday evening.

The NWS predicted last night that windy conditions would come through the region on Saturday night into Sunday, with snow showers coming as well, mostly in the Adirondacks.

However, the NWS also predicated that after the winds and snow in some regions die down on Sunday evening, a storm could make its way into the region on Tuesday, generally in the form of snow, sleet and freezing rain in Albany.

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