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7 State workers win $319 million Mega Millions jackpot

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coulsons.jpgFox News has confirmed that 7 New York state employees from the Department of Homes and Community Renewal have won Friday's Mega Millions jackpot. All seven work in the IT department at DHCR.

The workers bought several Quick Pick tickets from Coulson's News Center in downtown Albany. The store's owner, Steve Hutchins, 63, will get a $10,000 bonus from the state Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

If they were to take the payout of $202 million, after taxes - 25 per cent or $50.7 million to the government and 8.97 per cent, or $18.2 million to the state - the workers will split $134 million to get $19.1 million each.

The winning numbers in Friday's draw were: 22-24-31-52-54, with a Mega ball of 4.

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Winter hanging on as cold continues

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sat032611.jpgThe winter of 2010-2011 just won't go away. After the harsh winter that we have had in the northeast, cold and brisk conditions continue into late March now as a stubborn weather pattern will hold over the Capital Region through early next week. And don't think April will be any different as chilly temperatures will hold with a chance at some snow by midweek. Yes, that's right...more snow, MAYBE!

Spring arrives with snow and more IS on the way

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spring032111.jpgYou may have awaken this morning and looked at your calendar realizing that today is the first day of spring. And you would be correct because with the vernal equinox last evening at 7:21 PM, spring did officially arrive. But then you may have looked out your window and become rather confused. Yes, that is snow falling out your window, it is not an evil joke.

Daylight savings time has resumed

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clocks.jpgJust a friendly reminder on this late winter Sunday morning/afternoon, if it seems like you are late for everything so far today, you probably forgot to change your clocks forward one hour last night.

At 2:00 AM this morning, we lost one hour as Daylight Savings Time resumed. Yes, it sure stinks that we lost an hour of precious sleep, but there is one benefit to this changing of the time. The sunset in Albany tonight is 6:58 PM and Spring is right around the corner. The Vernal Equinox is on March 20th. Hopefully some warmer weather is in the forecast for these Spring days ahead.

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More rain headed to the Capital Region

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storm030411.jpgA slow moving storm system and associated frontal boundary will march toward the Capital Region this weekend, bringing a round of heavy rain that may present some flooding problems, before ending as snow on Monday.

While most of Saturday will remain showery and mild, the heavy rain will move in on Saturday night and into Sunday as the cold front slowly moves east across the region. Things will then get interesting as a wave of low pressure develops along the front to our south on Sunday and tries to push some  additional precipitation north into the cold air, which may fall in the form of snow. Significant accumulations are possible!

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More light snow into Sunday followed by flooding rains

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snow022611.jpgA weak clipper system will move through the Capital Region overnight and into Sunday morning, bringing a round of light snow with some minor accumulations possible.

A winter weather advisory has been issued for northern portions of the Capital Region through Sunday morning for 3 to 8 inches of snow, with the greatest amounts in the higher elevations of the southern Adirondacks and in the western Mohawk Valley. All other areas will see a general 2 to 4 inches.

Winter weather advisory for 3-6 inches of snow on Monday

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advis022011.jpgThe National Weather Service in Albany, NY has issued a winter weather advisory from midnight tonight through 3 PM Monday for the Greater Capital District, Mohawk Valley, Schoharie Valley, Saratoga region, southern Green Mountains of Vermont, eastern Catskills, mid-Hudson Valley, Taconics, Berkshires, and Litchfield Hills in Connecticut.

Winter Weather Advisory - grey shading.

Winter Storm Warning - blue shading.

Winter hanging on by a thread

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sat021111.jpgThe cold and snowy weather of the 2010-2011 winter season is hanging on by a thread across the Capital Region as a warming trend builds across the rest of the nation into this weekend.

A series of clipper systems will move through over the weekend, the first one on Saturday. Each system will be moisture starved with not much snow falling, except for an inch or two in the higher elevations of the Adirondacks.

Another minor snow event before the cold returns

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storm020611.jpgSeasonable temperatures have made a return to the region, making for a rather pleasant end to our weekend. It won't last long though as yet another storm system will approach the Capital Region late Monday and into Tuesday morning, bringing a mix of rain and snow at first, transitioning over to all snow on Monday night with some minor accumulations on the order of a few inches by Tuesday morning.

After one storm departs, another will approach for our weekend

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storm020211.jpgAfter a complex storm system that impacted the region over the last two days quickly moves away, it certainly will not be the last hurrah of winter, contrary to what the groundhog says. 

The latest storm did not exactly live up to its original hype thanks to several complicated factors, but certainly added about another foot or so to the already deep snowpack across the Capital Region, and yet even more is on the way for this weekend.



Brent McGrady

Stay up to date on the latest Albany breaking news and weather information from meteorologist and reporter Brent McGrady in the Capital Region News & Weather Center blog. Brent received his meteorology degree from the University at Albany and has a wealth of experience with local Albany and upstate New York weather forecasting. To contact Brent with any questions or feedback, please e-mail him at  


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