Low pressure that brought snowfall to the Capital Region on Thursday was lifting northeastward into the Canadian Maritime provinces this morning. In its wake a cold airmass was slowly filtering into the region. High pressure will briefly build into the area today before another system develops over the center of the nation and tracks toward the Carolina coastline by Saturday morning.
Unlike the previous system, indications suggest that this potent storm will track further south and east, over the open waters of the Atlantic, being south of Cape Cod by Saturday night and bolting into the Canadian Maritimes by Sunday. This track should bring some light snows to the Capital Region and vicinity on Saturday and Saturday night. Perhaps a couple more inches of fluffy while snow may accumulate on top of the already extensive snowpack across the region.
This event will be followed by a high pressure area, nosing into the region to close out the weekend. A downright cold overnight period is forecast for Sunday night, as snow cover, clear skies, and calm winds may cause temperatures to dip into the single numbers and lower teens!
As we prepare to bid 2012 adieu on Monday and Monday night, unsettled weather looks to return to the region. A weaker low pressure area races eastward, across southern Canada on Monday, and attempts to drag a warm front through the region. The frontal system looks to stall north of the region Monday night and into Tuesday. At this point, New Years Eve festivities may see some light snow add to the frivolity.
Both temperatures and precipitation amounts look to average near normal through the entire forecast period.
…Below is the official forecast for the Capital Region and vicinity…
Today: Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 30-35. Northwest winds 5-10 MPH.
Tonight: Partly cloudy and chilly. Low near 15. Calm winds.
Saturday: Overcast with periods of light snow developing. High in the upper 20’s. Variable winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of snow is 80 percent. 1-3 inches of snow accumulation is possible.
Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy with a chance of light snow and snow showers. Low near 20. Chance of snow is 40 percent. Additional accumulations of an inch or so of snow is possible.
Sunday: Mostly sunny. High near 30. Northwest winds 5-15 MPH.
New Years Eve: Mostly sunny. High near 30 and low near 15.
New Years Day: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. High near 30 and low near 20.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent of snow showers. High near 30 and low near 15.
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