A cold northwest flow will continue across the Capital Region today, as temperatures will struggle to rise much into the teens. A weak clipper low pressure system will approach the region tonight and move through on Sunday morning, bringing a reinforcing shot of cold air. A potential big east coast snow storm is still in the cards for mid-week.
Here is the complete forecast for Albany and the Capital Region of upstate New York:
TODAY – Skies will start out mostly sunny this morning across the region, with some clouds increasing later this afternoon and skies becoming partly cloudy. Some lake effect snow showers and flurries will persist in western areas with only minor additional accumlations. High temperatures will only reach the mid to upper teens with a light west wind.
SUNDAY – A weak clipper will move through in the morning hours, with some light snow showers and flurries, especially for northern areas. A few places could pick up a dusting to an inch of snow, but the biggest factor from this system will be the even colder shot of air behind it. Mostly cloudy skies in the morning will gradually give way to sunny skies in the afternoon with high temperatures in the mid to upper teens early in the day, before falling through the afternoon and evening. As skies clear on Sunday night and winds become calm, temperatures will plummet well below zero across the entire region.
MONDAY – After a bitterly cold morning, temperatures will only rise into the single digits for high temperatures under sunny skies. Clouds will begin to increase in the evening ahead of a large storm developing in the Gulf coast states.
OUTLOOK – The aforementioned large storm could become a rather significant east coast snowstorm as it will develop in the Gulf coast states on Monday night and Tuesday, before tracking northeast up the coast through Thursday. There is the potential for a rather significant and widespread snow event for the entire Capital Region, with Wednesday being the day when the brunt of the storm hits. There are still some notable differences in the computer forecast models, including timing, track, precipitation type, and amount of precipitation, but these things should start to become more clear over the next few days.
As of right now, it is expected that Tuesday will be the calm before the storm as high pressure will hold with mostly cloudy skies and high temperatures in the upper teens to lower 20’s. Snow should begin to spread northward on Tuesday evening and continue through all of Wednesday, with high temperatures in the 20’s. There are some hints that a period of mixing could occur in far southern and eastern parts of the region, but it should remain all snow in the Capital Region. The storm will begin to lift northeast and depart on Thursday, with some leftover wrap around snows gradually ending through the day, and high temperatures in the upper 20’s. Another arctic high pressure system will move into the region on Friday, with a shot of very cold air into next weekend.
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