Intense low pressure that brought another healthy dose of fluffy snowfall to the region on Saturday will continue to lift northward. The effects of the circulation around the powerful, and deepening area of low pressure will keep conditions unsettled today across the Capital Region. There will be three weather elements to be dealt with today.
- A brisk northwesterly wind will buffet the region through the day as high pressure attempts to build into the area from the upper great lakes, and the battle lines are drawn between it and the aforementioned low pressure area. Sustained winds between 10 and 20 MPH, with some higher gusts to near 30 MPH are possible at times.
- Scattered snow flurries and showers from time to time as brisk winds initiate a lake response off of the Great Lakes (and Lake Champlain at times as well). A weak upper level disturbance passing through the entire area during the day today was also trigger these light snow showers and flurries from time to time. Activity should wane as we head into the late afternoon and evening hours.
- A true taste of winter’s chill, as winds combine with already chilly temperatures, making the air feel colder than the thermometer would suggest. Wind chill temperatures may drop into the single digits, above zero, during the day today, so make sure to dress appropriately for the weather if heading outdoors for even short periods of time.
New Year’s Eve will dawn cold and chilly across the region, as a fresh snowpack, clearing skies, and slackening (though not calm) winds allow temperatures to take a nose-dive into the teens, with some single digit (above zero) readings not out of the question in the outlying areas and higher elevations. High pressure’s influence will be short lived across the region, as another weaker system approaches the region in time for New Year’s Eve festivities. The good news with this system is that it looks to be pretty moisture starved. Thus, an increase in clouds and perhaps a flurry from time to time cannot be ruled out. Nothing of major significance is anticipated though.
This cold front looks to get hung up in the vicinity of the Capital Region on New Year’s Day, before being shunted south of the area by Wednesday allowing an Arctic airmass to be introduced to the region to start out 2013. Despite the system being slow to vacate the region, it does not look as if it will be a prolific precipitation producer by any means.
…Below is the official forecast for the Capital Region and vicinity…
Today: More clouds than sunshine, blustery, with a scattered snow shower or flurry possible from time to time. High near 25. Northwest winds increasing to 10-20 MPH with some higher gusts to near 30 MPH possible at times. Wind chill values from 5 to 15 above zero. Chance of snow is 20 percent. Little if any additional snow accumulation anticipated.
Tonight: Gradual clearing. Low 10-15. West winds 5-10 MPH.
New Year’s Eve: Morning clouds and sunshine giving way to an increase of clouds during the afternoon. High in the lower 30’s. Southwest winds 5-15 MPH.
Monday Night: Mostly cloudy with a stray flurry possible from time to time. Low near 25. Southwest winds 5-10 MPH.
New Year’s Day: Morning clouds giving way to a mix of sun and clouds for the afternoon. Breezy. High 25-30. West winds 10-20 MPH.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny and cold. High near 20 and low near 5.
Thursday: Mostly sunny and cold. High near 25 and low near 5.
Friday: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. High near 30 and low near 15.
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