Blast of snow will add to wintry weather

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning this afternoon for heavy snow Saturday and Sunday.

Five to 10 inches of new snow is expected to fall throughout northern New York, including the Tri-Lakes area, and most of Vermont between 4 p.m. Saturday to 4 p.m. Sunday, the Weather Service office in Burlington, Vt., predicts.

Some portions of the eastern Adirondacks and southern Green Mountains could see up to 12 inches of snow, the Weather Service added.

The maximum snowfall rate will be around an inch an hour, mainly early Sunday morning. It is expected to taper off into snow showers Sunday afternoon

Expect travel difficulties and reduced visibility, the Weather Service cautioned.

It’s part of a snow and ice storm headed for the Northeast that’s expected to slow weekend travel by air, rail and highway.

In addition to the snow, the Adirondack region is also in the middle of a blast of cold. The low temperature tonight and Saturday morning in Saranac Lake will be 19 degrees below zero – minus 14 in Lake Placid and minus 13 in Tupper Lake – the Weather Service predicts. Saturday’s high is expected to be 6 to 14, with wind chills Saturday night as low as minus 7. Sunday is expected to be warmer with highs of 17 to 23 – again, colder in Saranac Lake.