Forecast: 'Messy' morning commute could be icy, dangerous

Motorists drive along I-95 in New Rochelle as

Motorists drive along I-95 in New Rochelle as a nor'easter hits the Hudson Valley. (Dec. 26, 2012) Photo Credit: Elizabeth Daza

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After springlike weather earlier in the week, Hudson Valley communities braced for a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain that could make Wednesday morning's commute slippery and dangerous.

The forecast prompted the National Weather Service to issue a winter weather advisory through 4 p.m. Wednesday, warning that the storm could create a layer of ice over local roads as it gets a head start before the morning commute.

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"It's going to be messy," News12 meteorologist Joe Rao said. "Maybe a couple of inches of ice and snow north of [Interstate] 287, and south [of the highway] just a slushy coating and slippery conditions."

The latest forecast models predicted a mix of snow and ice could start as early as 1 a.m. Wednesday and last through noon before temperatures inch up a few degrees and the precipitation turns into rain.

Forecasts predict 1-3 inches of snow in the Poughkeepsie and Middletown areas, and Ulster County could receive 2-4 inches of snow. In Westchester and Rockland counties, any precipitation likely will be washed away by rain before it gets a chance to accumulate, the forecast predicted.

"The further north you go, the worse it's gonna get," Rao said.

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Temperatures will drop to the mid-20s Wednesday night, warming up to the low 40s for a sunny Thursday, according to the forecast.

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