A major snowstorm, the first of the year, is headed to upstate starting tonight, and some areas may see a foot or more of snow.
“Roads will be slippery and motorists should take necessary precautions and avoid driving once the storm begins,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a tweet this morning.
The Democrat and Chronicle reports that forecasters say snow will start Wednesday afternoon in western New York and accumulate to eight to 16 inches by 1 p.m. Thursday.
The snow may make up for the mild winter so far in western New York: The Rochester area has had 7.1 inches of snow so far this season, compared to the 23 inches it typically has at this point.
From the Associated Press:
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The first major snowstorm of the season is heading into upstate New York, with forecasters predicting up to a foot or more of snow mixed with sleet or freezing rain.
Dangerous travel conditions are expected Wednesday evening through Thursday evening. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for most of upstate New York.
Forecasters say snow will start Wednesday afternoon in western New York and accumulate to eight to 16 inches by 1 p.m. Thursday. Blowing snow will likely make travel hazardous.
Six to 12 inches of heavy, wet snow is expected in eastern New York, possibly changing to freezing rain on Thursday.
In central New York and the Mohawk Valley, forecasters say snowfall at times exceeding two inches per hour will make travel difficult Wednesday night.