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Wintry Mixed Precipitation Causes Slow and Slick Travel Through the Night

A rapid transition from snow to sleet will continue across the region this evening with an ultimate switch to freezing rain in most locations before midnight.  With the fast sleet transition snowfall totals will be reduced with many areas seeing 1"-3" with localized amounts of 3"-6" in the southern Adirondacks, Lake George-Saratoga Region, Vermont, the Berkshires, and the Taconics prior to midnight with up to 0.10" of a glaze of icing on top of the snow.  The storm is a fast mover with the most if not all of the precipitation over by or shortly before daybreak.  Slow and slick travel conditions should be expected through the pre-dawn hours with much improved road conditions by the Wednesday morning commute.

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The Bottom Line: Summer phone scams

Updated: Wednesday, June 25 2014, 10:18 PM EDT
ALBANY -- With the start of summer, comes a spike in phone scams.

That's the word from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who's putting out a warning specifically on phone scams targeting seniors.

And most of them are scams that CBS 6's Dori Marlin gets The Bottom Line on almost every year.

For example: 

- The so-called "Grandparent Scam," where a caller pretends to be someone's grandchild - saying they're in trouble and need money wired to them immediately to help.

- Lottery scams, where the victim is told they're a winner - but that they have to wire money to cover taxes and fees on the winnings.

- IRS scams, where the caller pretends to be from the agency - claiming the victim owes money on their taxes.

- Utility scams, where the caller might pretend to be National Grid or another utility company - then tells the victim they owe money on a payment that's past due.

Plus, one we haven't seen all that much locally:

- Jury duty scams, where the caller tells the victim they failed to report to court - and that they'll be arrested unless they pay a fine.

The Bottom Line from Schneiderman:  Be on guard for those calls, and just say no.The Bottom Line: Summer phone scams


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