Snowstorm could dump 10-18 inches on the Catskills overnight

That pink swath over most of the Northeast and Midwest? That's winter storm warnings, issued for a band of snow and sleet that's moving northeastward across the nation. Source: National Weather Service.

Skies over the Catskills are dazzling blue, but by tonight, the first flakes of a winter storm that could dump as much as 18 inches in the mountains will begin to fall. 

The storm is expected to begin around midnight, and continue through Wednesday. Hudson Valley Weather is forecasting 10 to 18 inches of heavy, wet snow for the Catskills, beginning in the west and spreading east.

The National Weather Service in Binghamton, whose territory includes the western Catskills counties of Delaware and Sullivan, reports that this should be the most widespread heavy snowfall the area has seen in several years

The morning commute on Wednesday may be gnarly, warns the National Weather Service's Albany office, which covers Greene, Schoharie and Ulster counties. By Wednesday morning, snow will be falling at rates of up to an inch an hour. The snowfall should taper off by evening, forecasters say.

The entire Catskills region -- and, indeed, most of New York State -- falls under winter storm warnings. Drive carefully, and keep us posted about local conditions in your neighborhood.