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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.
No sooner than the clipper moves away, another system will quickly approach for Monday. Initially, it may be cold enough across parts of the region for a wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain, but as temperatures warm into the 40's on Monday, the wintry mix will change over to rain.

With a deep snowpack in place and frozen ground and ice lodged rivers, flooding could become a serious problem in the region, especially near bodies of water and in poor drainage urban areas. Warmer temperatures will only exacerbate the situation with a rapid melting of the snow pack and possible ice jams on area rivers.

As the low pressure moves west of the region late in the day, a second round of heavier rain will move in late in the day and into Monday night. There could even be a rumble or two of thunder as some convection develops in the precipitation shield.

As the system pulls away Monday night and into early Tuesday morning, the rain could end as a brief period of snow with colder temperatures returning for Tuesday afternoon.

Remember your safety tips for flooding! It is never advised to drive or walk through a flooded roadway, simply turn around and find an alternate route. Also, as flood waters rise you should move to higher ground immediately. If you are in a flood prone area, you should prepare now.

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