An Icy Scene from the Capital District Region of New York State! (credit: Meteorologist Craig Adams CBS 6)
DISCUSSION: As a weak low pressure system passed through parts of northern New York state during the overnight period going from Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. As a mixed bag of precipitation continued from the afternoon hours and on into the evening hours of Tuesday, much precipitation across areas in and around the Capital District region of New York State quickly transitioned to freezing rain. This transition from rain to freezing rain was the result of cold air quickly surging into this region very close to and at the surface. This allowed the surface temperatures to cool substantially; while there was still a definite presence of warmer air (i.e., air temperatures marginally above the freezing mark in the low to mid-levels of the atmosphere. As a result, precipitation falling through the lower to middle parts of atmosphere over this region consequently melted and then re-froze as it reached the surface. This dangerous atmospheric precipitation regime facilitated the generation of classic icing event in several cities in and around the Capital District of New York. The collection of images attached above were courtesy of Connie Bradt, Jill Gulick, Karen Culligan, Toby Fraleigh, David Krzemien, and Lori. G. So, thank you to those local residents for their pictures and for CBS6 Meteorologist Craig Adams for sharing them with the meteorological community.
As always, with this recent icing event comes the typical issues tied to an icing event in any location around the world. As the ice accumulated on critical surfaces including (but certainly not limited to) highways, residential primary and secondary roadways, airport runways, commercial railways, etc. this creates travel delays, cancellations, and sometimes even accidents. Therefore, when a forecast for an ice storm event of any kind is bearing down on you, always make the best possible choice and avoid traveling at all costs. Remember, when you traveling by way of any conventional method of transportation and you are dealing with accumulating ice, it is essentially like "rolling the dice."
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