Jan. 17—ALBANY — The Thruway Authority lowered the highway's speed limit to 45 mph Monday as an overnight storm continued to complicate travel in upstate and central New York.
The lower speed limit was put in place from Albany to Syracuse, the authority tweeted at about 8:30 a.m.
Snow followed by a mix of sleet and rain was expected to make travel on highways and surfaces streets difficult.
Driving wasn't the only type of travel facing limits. The storm was having an impact on air travel: A number of morning flights scheduled to depart from Albany International Airport were canceled.
The heaviest snow appeared to be over but rain was still forecast later in the morning.
Winds powerful enough to down trees, limbs and power lines are expected to follow the snow which dropped more than 4 inches of snow in Albany, according to the National Weather Service.
The weather service reports the gusts could cause power outages during the day. Albany is expected to see gusts of up to 40 mph and some outlying areas could see even stronger blasts.
The storm moved in late Sunday, dropping snow around eastern upstate New York as it moved up the coast. Meteorologists warned the storm, which got its start last week in the Midwest, could cause coastal flooding.
In the Capital Region, the impact of the storm was blunted by Monday's celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, a national holiday that will keep schools, governments and other organizations closed for the day and cut down on the number of vehicles on the road. A number of organizations — including many day care providers — were closed for the day or delayed opening.
The weather service warned the roads could be slick for those who have to drive.
The snow is expected to give way to sleet, freezing rain and then rain by late Monday morning. The temperature is expected to rise into the mid-30s during the day, offering the region a modest warm-up after two days that featured sub-zero temperatures.
Though only a few inches of snow fell, it is the most significant snowfall to hit the region this winter. Prior to Monday's storm, only 7.7 inches of snow have fallen at Albany International Airport this winter. That's around 15 inches fewer than during an average year.
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