Snow closes Hudson Valley schools, threatens evening commute

Pedestrians cross Martine Avenue along Court Street in

Pedestrians cross Martine Avenue along Court Street in White Plains during midday snowfall. (Nov. 27, 2012) Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

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More than a dozen schools canceled classes or released students early Tuesday as a wintry mix fell across the Hudson Valley.

The mix of rain and snow in the morning gave commuters a taste of what is expected to be a much messier return voyage home in the evening.

Road crews sanded and salted roads in anticipation of the precipitation.

One to three inches of snow are expected to fall before tapering off about 10 p.m., News 12 meteorologist Brysen VanEck said.

Unlike the recent nor'easter, "we won't see high snow rates," he said. "After 4 p.m., I'd be prepared to deal with slippery spots."

Though a few inches of snow could accumulate in grassy areas, VanEck said that with temperatures hovering near 35 degrees, blacktop roadways will see less.

Workers were advised to budget extra time for their commute.

Southbound traffic was slow on Interstate 287 near West Nyack and on both sides of the Tappan Zee Bridge.

An accident in the northbound lanes of the Bronx River Parkway snarled traffic in Yonkers, according to the New York State Department of Transportation website.

No delays were reported on the Metro-North Railroad.

Normal traffic was reported at Stewart International, Westchester County and the major metropolitan airports, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

On Tuesday night, temperatures will fall to 29 degrees.

Once the snow stops, clear skies are forecast for the rest of the week with high temperatures ranging from the upper 30s to the mid-40s. Sunday is expected to have highs near 50.

"We're good to go into the weekend," VanEck said.

The schools that canceled classes, announced early dismissals or curtailed activities include: Bedford Hills Elementary School; Bedford Village Elementary School; Bet Torah Religious School; Devereux Millwood Learning Center; Fox Lane High School; Fox Lane Middle School; Mount Kisco Elementary School; North Salem Central School District; Ossining School District; Our Montessori School; Pound Ridge Elementary School; St. Patrick CCD-Bedford; Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester religious school; and West Patent Elementary School.

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