The leading edge of an Arctic airmass, a strong cold front, was slicing through the New York State this morning. The front was roughly along a line from Burlington, Vermont to Binghamton, New York as 10 AM EST. Some light snow showers and flurries have broken out along the feature as it slowly treks to the south. The front is forecast to stall just south of the region today, but not before the Arctic air on its northern side is allowed to briefly dive southward into the Capital Region to start 2013.
The remainder of the shortened work week will feature several fast moving systems, all associated with the northern branch of the jet stream (no southern, and/or subtropical jet stream influence looks to get in on the mix, and this influence is usually what brings the region significant storms). Each system will bring a chance for light snow showers and flurries, followed by brisk conditions with a brief surge of cold air. The Capital Region doesn't look to stay all the 'frigid' for too long though, as each system's approach will cause temperatures to fluctuate.
Aside from the system today, other times for system passages look to be Wednesday morning, Friday morning, and perhaps a little more precipitation associated with a system moving toward our region by the end of next weekend. More on that to follow in future forecasts.
Happy New Year to all from Capital Region Weather Examiner Headquarters!
...Below is the official forecast for the Capital Region and vicinity...
Today: A slight chance of some light snow shower or flurry activity from time to time. Otherwise, mostly cloudy and brisk. Early high near 30, with temperatures falling back through the 20's during the day. Northwest winds 10-20 MPH with some higher gusts to near 30 MPH possible at times. Wind chill values of 5 to 15 above zero. Chance of snow is 20 percent. Little if any additional snow accumulation is expected.
Tonight: Mostly clear and cold. Low near 10 above zero. Light northwest winds.
Wednesday: A chance of light snow showers or flurries in the morning. Otherwise, intervals of clouds and sunshine and breezy. High 25-30. Northwest winds 10-20 MPH with some higher gusts possible at times. Chance of snow is 30 percent. Little if any snow accumulation is expected.
Wednesday Night: Mostly clear and cold. Low near 10 above zero. Light northwest winds.
Thursday: Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 25-30. Southwest winds 5-10 MPH.
Friday: A 30 percent chance of snow showers or flurries in the morning, otherwise mostly cloudy and blustery. High near 30 and low near 15.
Saturday: Partly sunny. High near 30 and low near 20.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow. High near 30 and low near 20.