If the forecast is right, we're facing our first significant winter storm of the season Wednesday night into the day on Thursday; and while we're used to these storms here in the northeast, the first snowstorm of the season can sometimes catch us off guard.
That said, I wanted to give you a little heads up and layout the forecast, as it looks right now.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Claverack effective 4 PM Wednesday through 1 PM Thursday.
It looks like snow will begin to fall here after 5 pm on Wednesday, so there should be (as it looks now) minimal impact on the Wednesday afternoon commute home. Snow picks up in intensity late Wednesday night and through the overnight into Thursday when snowfall rates could reach 1"-2" per hour. This will likely make for a very difficult Thursday morning commute. If you're able to go into work late on Thursday, or work from home, that would probably be best.
Total snow accumulations of 12" to 18" is expected by the time the storm winds down Thursday afternoon.
Again, heavy snow isn't new to us here, but please - since this is our first significant snowstorm of the season - plan to check on elderly friends, family and neighbors.
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