The mid-Hudson Valley is expected to see snow, sleet and frigid temperatures over the next few days. Here are some tips to stay safe in the possibly dangerous conditions. Video by Jack Howland/Poughkeepsie Journal
As mid-Hudson residents await the first sight of snowfall, all local school districts canceled classes.
And, the National Weather Service in Albany warns, a combination of snow followed by ice may make tonight’s commute home dangerous.
The snow is expected to be heaviest between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon, before it is forecasted to transition into to freezing rain by mid-afternoon according to Ray O’Keefe, meteorologist with the weather service in Albany.
Northern Dutchess is expected to be hit the hardest, with 6 to 8 inches a snow, while southern areas may see 6 inches, O’Keefe said. About a tenth to two tenths of an inch of ice is expected to accumulate, he said.
CANCELLATIONS: Closings, delays, and dismissals
All local school districts and colleges cancelled classes for today, in addition to many private schools.
“The snowfall rates are 1 to 2 inches per hour,” O’Keefe said. “Those kind of rates could cause problems for people traveling. Highway travel would be dangerous this morning and through the length of the storm as sleet and freezing rain aren’t great for driving in either.”
O’Keefe said the tail end of this morning’s commute may be affected by the snow but that travel will be dangerous during the evening commute.
A winter storm warning was issued by the weather service for 10 a.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday.
Tuesday’s high and low is forecast near 28 degrees.
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