High pressure will crest over the Capital Region today and slide offshore into the evening hours. A coastal system will develop later today off the mid-Atlantic coast and move northeast, potentially bringing a significant snowfall to the region. It will be cold and dry to end the week as the storm departs.
- A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Bennington and Windham counties in Vermont, Berkshire county in Massachusetts, Dutchess county in New York, and Litchfield county in Connecticut from 10 PM this evening to 7 PM Wednesday. Total accumulations of 6 to 16 inches are possible in the warning area, with higher amounts south and east.
- A Winter Storm Watch remains in effect through Wednesday evening for Ulster, Greene, Columbia, and Rensselaer counties in New York. Accumulations of 7 or more inches are possible in the watch area.
- A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Otsego and Delaware counties in New York from 7 PM this evening to 7 PM Wednesday. Total accumulations of 4 to 7 inches are possible in the advisory area.
- Expect further warnings and advisories to be issued later today for the Capital Region.
See how other northeast cities are preparing for the nor’easter here.
Here is the complete forecast for Albany and the Capital Region of upstate New York:
TODAY – It will be the calm before the storm as high pressure moves across the region through this afternoon. Some early morning light snow and flurries in the immediate Capital Region will gradually taper off and skies will remain mostly cloudy. Any accumulations this morning will be light with a coating to a half inch of snow possible in a few spots. High temperatures will reach the mid to upper 20’s, with a light northeast wind developing.
WEDNESDAY – Snow will begin after midnight from southwest to northeast across the region as a coastal storm develops off the mid-Atlantic coast late on Tuesday and moves northeast through Wednesday. Snow will become heavy by the morning commute with 2 to 4 inches expected to already be on the ground, creating a rather slick and treacherous commute. Expect many closings and cancellations on Wednesday due to the heavy snowfall. Snow will continue into the early afternoon, before gradually tapering off to snow showers by the evening hours. High temperatures will reach the mid to upper 20’s with a north wind around 10 mph. Expect total accumulations by Wednesday evening of 7 to 12 in inches in the Capital Region, Catskills, and southern Vermont. Higher amounts of 12 to 16 inches can be expected in the mid-Hudson Valley and southern Berkshires, while the Mohawk Valley and southern Adirondacks should pick up around 3 to 7 inches.
THURSDAY – Things will begin to dry out and partly sunny skies will develop by afternoon. It will remain chilly with high temperatures in the mid 20’s with a breezy northwest wind at 10 to 15 mph.
OUTLOOK – A ridge of high pressure will move into the region on Thursday night and will slowly drop south through Friday. A cold and brisk northwest flow will continue across the region, with some lake effect snow showers in western areas. A clipper type low pressure will approach from the Great Lakes region on Saturday bringing some light snow, and then will drop a cold front through the Capital Region that will become stationary just to our south. Light snow looks to continue into early next week as a wave of low pressure develops along the front and impacts the Capital Region. As of right now, snow accumulations appear to remain light over several days. High temperatures will become seasonable in the lower 30’s through the extended period.
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