The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the entire Capital Region for heavy snow, which is in effect from 6 a.m. Friday through 12 p.m. Saturday. The winter storm watch is no longer in effect. A blizzard warning is in effect for Litchfield county in northwest Connecticut.
A major winter storm is set to impact the entire region on Friday and Friday night, but the exact track of the coastal low will ultimately determine where the heaviest snow falls. Current forecasts by the National Weather Service call for 8 to 12 inches of snow in the western Mohawk Valley, southern Adirondacks, and Lake George/Saratoga regions. Accumulations of 10 to 16 inches are forecast for the Schoharie Valley, Capital District, Eastern Catskills, mid-Hudson Valley, the Taconics, and southern Vermont. In western Massachusetts, 12 to 18 inches of snow is forecast.
Snow is expected to begin on Friday morning and become heavy by late Friday afternoon as the coastal low approaches along the coast and begins to strengthen rapidly. The heaviest snow is expected to fall on Friday evening and night with snowfall rates occasionally exceeding one inch per hour. The snow will gradually taper off on Saturday morning as the coastal low begins to pull away.
Snow covered roads and reduced visibilities will make for dangerous travel, especially into western New England where it could become nearly impossible. In addition to heavy snowfall, northeast winds of 10 to 20 mph, with gusts up to 30 mph, will cause some blowing and drifting, especially in southern Vermont and western Massachusetts.
Blizzard warnings are also in effect for much of southern New England and the New York City metro/Long Island.
Stay tuned for more information on this developing and evolving weather situation.
Any weather-related decisions should always be made after consulting proper statements and forecasts from the National Weather Service.
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