Arctic chill will have the Capital Region in its firm grasp through the midweek period. High pressure will settle into the region through the day today, cresting over the area by Wednesday morning. Fair and dry weather is forecast for the region, though it will be bitterly cold at times. A modest west to southwest breeze will augment the chill factor from time to time.
As we enter the second half of the work week, the high pressure area dives south and east of the Capital Region. Winds should become more southerly or southwesterly as this occurs, thus causing the deep upper level trough over the eastern half of the nation to relax, and bringing some slightly ‘warmer’ (i.e. not the ‘bitter cold’ we have been experiencing for quite some time now) air to the region.
The warming of the airmass over the region will be helped along by the passage of a weak clipper system that passes well north of the region on Thursday night and into Friday morning. In fact, the low pressure center associated with the system should stay close to the tip of James Bay in Canada, and only exhibit a further northwest movement in time. Thus, the cold front with the system will brush the region with a slight chance for some snow showers.
Temperatures look to start the forecast period below normal, and trend near normal to close out the period. Precipitation amounts look to remain below normal, in general.
...Below is the official forecast for the Capital Region and vicinity...
Today: Mostly sunny and breezy. Bitter cold at times. High 10-15. West winds 10-15 MPH.
Tonight: Mostly clear and cold. Low zero to 5 above zero. Light west to southwest winds.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny and breezy. High 15-20. Southwest winds 10-20 MPH.
Wednesday Night: Mostly clear and cold. Low near 5 above zero. Southwest winds 5-10 MPH, becoming light overnight.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. High near 25. South winds 5-10 MPH.
Friday: Partly sunny with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. High near 30 and low near 15.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. High near 30 and low near 20.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. High near 30 and low near 20.
Monday: Mostly sunny. High near 30 and low near 15.