Storm causes school delays, closings
CAPITAL REGION Dozens of schools in the Capital Region are delaying the start of classes and several in the Hudson Valley are closed because of slick driving conditions caused by the storm system that buried parts of the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic.
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Capital District Transit Authority is reporting several service delays and re-routes. Click here for more details.
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Early morning traffic in many parts of the Capital Region was flowing freely, due in large part to the reduced number of vehicles on area roads. The snow made for slippery road conditions, however, and many fender-bender accidents have been reported.
The snowstorm that caused delays and closings at many area schools today will wind down by early afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Between now and then, the area will pick up less than an inch of accumulation, according to meteorologist Ray O'Keefe. The storm, at its conclusion will have dumped a total of six to nine inches of snow in the Capital Region, with lesser amounts further north, he said. Tonight, skies will clear and temperatures will be in the mid 20s. Sunny skies are expected for the weekend, with temperatures in the upper 40s during the day, and below freezing at night.
The majority of the two-hour school delays Friday morning are in the Albany area, while most of the closings are reported by districts outside Poughkeepise.
Forecasters say the storm could dump up to 8 inches in some parts of the Hudson Valley by the time it moves out of the region later Friday.
Meanwhile, racing at Aqueduct racetrack in Ozone Park was canceled today but is expected to resume Saturday.
The storm comes none too soon for ski resorts in the Northeast, which welcomes a late-season snowfall to boost business.