Messy weather coming Sunday night
CAPITAL REGION Commuters, beware: Another weather system is bearing down on the area, but this one is expected to bring rain, sleet and snow starting tonight and continuing into Monday.
For drivers, the result will be similar to the storm that dumped as much as 18 inches of snow from Wednesday through Friday, with slippery roads that will make getting to work Monday morning an adventure.
The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory Saturday calling for as much as an inch of sleet and a possible ice buildup ranging from just a trace to a few tenths of an inch between 4 p.m. today and 6 a.m. Monday. This system will mostly affect areas north of Saratoga Springs into Lake George, as well as the southern Adirondacks, Mohawk Valley, southern Vermont and Berkshires.
It comes on top of a record-setting day, at least for Glens Falls and Poughkeepsie. Sub-zero temperatures were felt Friday night and into Saturday morning across the Capital Region but only broke records at its northern and southern edges, said National Weather Service meteorologist Luigi Meccariello.
In Glens Falls, the low temperature reached minus 25, breaking a minus-21-degree record for the day set in 1981. In Poughkeepsie, the low temperature reached minus 7, breaking the 1981 record of minus 6.
In Albany, the low temperature was minus 11, a few degrees shy of the record of minus 14 set in 1970.
Warmer weather today will create the conditions for a wintry mix, said Meccariello. Temperatures will be in the upper 20s and mid-30s throughout the day and climb into the upper 30s and mid-40s Monday. The storm will start as a mix of sleet, rain and snow and end Monday afternoon as rain.