ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities are urging motorists to stay off the roads as this winter's first major snowstorm hits upstate New York.
The National Weather Service issued a winter weather warning covering from 7 p.m. Wednesday to 7 p.m. Thursday as forecasts varied for different regions.
Snow was expected to arrive in bursts Wednesday evening and change to sleet and freezing rain overnight below the Capital region, where 6 to 12 inches of snow was expected, and to the east. Higher elevations in the mountains could see as much as 20 inches and the general forecast called for 8 to 16 elsewhere in eastern New York.
There was a possibility of 10 to 14 inches in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier, 8 to 16 in western New York and 7 to 14 in the north.