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A Snowy Day In March

WAMC Dave Lucas

A slow-moving winter storm has blanketed the region with up to 10 inches of snow in some spots. It is expected to add a bit more snow by the time it clears out early this afternoon. 

A month after a blizzard buried the region, this storm looked like any other major snow event. Precipitation began Thursday afternoon and continued overnight, resulting in more school delays than closings this morning. Road crews throughout much of the region cleared the highways relatively quickly and police agencies say the vast majority of traffic problems were caused by minor fender-bender type accidents.

As the plows play catch-up with falling and drifting snow, police urge drivers to use caution and keep plenty of distance from other vehicles on the roadways.

Power outages have been fewer and farther between than one might have expected.

Consolidated Edison reports a handful of customers without service across Westchester County. There are a few power outages in  New York State Electric and Gas territory. National Grid is attending to a number of outages, but again, no huge numbers.

In many areas throughout the mid-Hudson Valley, the snow is still falling... Spokesman John Maserjian says Central Hudson has a couple of thousand customers in the dark, with most expected to have service restored in the early afternoon.

Forecasters say the snow will continue until around 1 p.m... After 1, the National Weather Service in Albany predicts a "likely" change to rain. And in true March fashion, temperatures are expected to get close to 50 over the weekend.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.