Low pressure, south of Cape Cod this morning, brought some light snow to the region overnight last night. 0.6 inches of snow fell at the Albany International Airport during the early morning hours on Christmas, and this helped add to the ambiance of the season. Skies will gradually clear today, as high pressure nudges into the region from the west. This high pressure area will fleetingly control our weather through the first half of Wednesday.
A potent winter storm looks to take aim at the Capital Region beginning late on Wednesday and lasting through the day on Thursday. Low pressure, over Texas this Christmas morning, will move northeast to be over the Ohio and Tennessee Valley regions during the day on Wednesday. Energy is forecast to translate to the mid Atlantic coast by Wednesday night, when snowfall should begin over the Capital Region.
Thursday will see this low pressure area track along the southern New England coast, to be near Cape Cod during the afternoon hours. By evening, the storm is expected to be approaching the Canadian Maritime provinces, thus causing precipitation to taper off across the Capital Region. Winter Storm Watches remain in effect for the entire Capital Region and vicinity Wednesday night through Thursday. Those travelling should stay tuned for later statements and updates, and prepare for the potential of treacherous driving conditions developing during this time. High pressure slowly builds back into the region on Friday, before another system potentially impacts the region for the weekend with another threat for light snow and snow showers.
Temperatures through the period are forecast to average near normal, with precipitation above normal thanks to all the stormy activity in the forecast.
…Below is the official forecast for the Capital Region and vicinity…
**National Weather Service WINTER STORM WATCH In Effect for the Capital Region & Vicinity Wednesday Night Through Thursday**
Today: Remnant snow showers and flurries tapering off before noon. Intervals of clouds and sunshine during the afternoon. High near 35. Northwest winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of snow in the morning is 20 percent. Little if any additional snow accumulation is expected.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low near 20. Light north winds.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny to start with increasing clouds by afternoon. A chance of light snow late in the day. High 30-35. Variable winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of snow is 40 percent. Little if any snow accumulation is anticipated.
Wednesday Night: Overcast with periods of snow and snow showers developing. Snow may be heavy at times. Low 25-30. Northeast winds 5-15 MPH. Chance of snow is 90 percent. Moderate to locally heavy snow accumulation is possible.
Thursday: Overcast and breezy with periods of snow, sleet, freezing rain, and rain likely. High near 35. Northeast winds 10-20 MPH. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. Additional snow and/or ice accumulation is possible.
Friday: Partly sunny and windy. High near 35 and low near 20.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent of snow showers. High near 30 and low near 15.
Sunday: Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of light snow and/or snow showers. High near 30 and low near 20.
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