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Tricky travel conditions forecast overnight thanks to freezing rain and fog

Temperatures were hovering right around the freezing mark early this evening across upstate Eastern New York, with dewpoints in the mid 20’s to lower 30’s. A weather system was strengthening over the center of the Nation, and the warm front associated with this system was draped from roughly southern Virginia, northward to the southern tip of Lake Michigan, and then westward to the across northern Illinois.

National Weather Service Weather Advisory Map.  Areas in pink are those under a Freezing Rain Advisory from Midnight through 6AM EST Saturday.
National Weather Service

..Freezing Rain / Drizzle Threat..

This warm front will advance northeastward, toward the area, overnight tonight. As the front approaches, precipitation will advance toward the Capital Region and vicinity. Initially, precipitation falling into the air will cause some evaporative cooling, such that temperatures may dip slightly below the freezing mark for a while. The result may be some light freezing rain or freezing drizzle late tonight and early Saturday morning. This has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a freezing rain advisory for the entire area from midnight to 6 AM EST on Saturday morning. A glaze of ice, up to a tenth of an inch, is possible through this time period. Precipitation should quickly change to all rain on Saturday morning as the warm front sweeps through the area, causing temperatures to rise above freezing during the morning hours.

..Fog Threat..

Fog is also likely to develop later this evening, over portions of the region as the warmer air slowly overrides the cooler, frozen ground surface. Fog may be locally dense in spots. Thick fog was already blanketing portions of southern New York and New England early this evening, reducing visibility to one quarter mile at Islip, NY, and one half mile at White Plains, NY.

Those travelling during the overnight period are advised to use caution and reduce speeds accordingly for road conditions. Untreated surfaces may become slick and ice covered during the overnight period. Fog may also reduce visibility dramatically. Remember not to use high beam lights while driving through fog, low beams are recommended.

Official weather statements, watches, and warnings are issued by the National Weather Service in Albany, NY. Please refer to their website by using the link below for official information.

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Capital Region Weather Examiner Home Page
Capital Region Weather Examiner Facebook page
Current Surface Weather Map
Hydrometeorological Prediction Center (HPC) Surface Weather Map 48 hour loop forecast
Albany, NY office of the National Weather Service

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