The National Weather Service issued a winter storm advisory for the Orange area as well as most of the rest of the state starting last night, with some four to six inches of snow expected to accumulate by the time the system begins to move out of the area late this afternoon.
Poor Driving Conditions
This morning's driving conditions are expected to be particularly poor, with visibility at times down to less than a half-mile during periods of moderate snowfall.
"Impacts will include travel difficulties due to snow covered roads and limited visibilities," the meteorologists stated in their report. "Freezing will create conditions on area roads. Patchy black ice is also likely."
Temperatures were expected to drop into the low teens overnight, and then rise back up to near freezing here along the shoreline this morning.
First Storm of Season
It has been a rather mild winter, compared to last year's numerous snow storms. And today's storm will be the first significant snowfall since the official start of winter Dec. 21.
The state, however, was hit hard during last October's unusual and , which left much of the state without power for days.