Capital Region deals with wacky weather

January 13, 2018 11:48 PM

ALBANY - They say if you don't like the weather, wait five minutes and it'll change. That's especially true for the Capital Region. In the past 24 hours, Mother Nature proved it to be true.

“Yesterday people [were] probably walking around in shorts and jogging around and everyone's grass was back to now being frozen again. Pretty remarkable in terms of how fast we did change,” said Brian Montgomery of the National Weather Service.

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The area went from pelting rain, typical for a spring day, to freezing rain, sleet, and snow. The National Weather Service has been keeping an eye on it. They say it is quite typical for this time of year.

“More or less normal,” said Montgomery. “In terms of the window and how fast it occurred, maybe not as normal. But overall we do see these types of changes in January or February.”

Nonetheless, meteorologists for the National Weather Service were monitoring the situation from their headquarters in Albany. The organization issues watches and warnings in an effort to keep people out of harms way. With the rapid thaw, they were laser focused on the rivers, streams, and ice jams that could cause those waterways to flood over their banks.

“There's a facet of technologies we have employed here at the National Weather Service, from river gauges that we have, web cams we've installed and our partnership with the media,” said Montgomery.


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