A southwest flow around a departing area of high pressure will continue to bring mild air into the Capital Region through the end of the workweek. A cold front will then work through for the beginning of our weekend with a return to seasonable temperatures and windy conditions, as well as lake effect snow showers in western areas.
Here is the complete forecast for Albany and the Capital Region of upstate New York:
TODAY – A broad southwest flow across the entire region will allow temperatures to warm into the upper 40’s, but with increased moisture in the atmosphere, there will be a lot of clouds around with only a few breaks of sunshine. There could even be some spotty drizzle and light rain showers in a few places.
FRIDAY – Warm advection will continue, but with the increased pressure gradient, winds will pick up with a bit of a breeze developing. Also, with good mixing and some downsloping southwesterly winds, high temperatures could push into the low to mid 50’s. Two seperate cold fronts will introduce the colder air in phases by late Friday afternoon into Friday night. A round of rain showers is possible with the first frontal passage, and the colder air with the secondary frontal passage by late evening.
SATURDAY – Strong cold advection will take over the region as the cold front pushes to the south and east. A rather breezy and chilly day will be in store with temperatures falling through the 30’s during the afternoon. Skies will become partly sunny, with lake effect snow in western parts of the region.
OUTLOOK – Seasonably cold temperatures will continue their hold on the region for the end of the weekend and into early next week. Computer models are not in complete agreement, but it appears that a storm system may try to impact the region by late Sunday or Monday with a period of light snow possible. On the other hand, some computer models are keeping any precipitation well south of the region with very little impacts, so this situation will have to be monitored closely over the next several days. Temperatures will remain below normal with dry weather by the middle of next week.
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