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Arctic cold front brings period of snow showers/squalls, bitter cold returns

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A fast moving cold front will traverse New York State, from west to east, through the morning hours today. The frontal system will be accompanied by a healthy burst of light snow showers and locally heavier snow squalls. A brisk and cold afternoon is in store behind the boundary as frigid Arcitc air will infiltrate the region once again, causing temperatures to drop from their ‘lofty heights’ (near the freezing mark this morning prior to the frontal passage), through the 20’s during the afternoon with a howling west to northwest wind.

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Bitter cold looks to be the main weather story through the midweek period. High pressure from the Canadian prairies will build southward into the Tennessee Valley through Wednesday, bringing a cold plunge all the way into the southern states. Temperatures will struggle to make it into the teens during the daylight hours through Wednesday, with overnight lows flirting with zero. With such low temperatures, even a modest breeze could drive wind chill temperatures to dangerously low levels, especially at night.

The end of the work week may actually feature a bit of a ‘warm up’ in the temperature department, but of course, not without the threat for some precipitation. A frontal boundary tied to low pressure over far northeastern Canada, will slide through the region during the day on Friday, and stall to our south over the weekend as low pressure forms along its southern extent. The newly formed area of low pressure looks to track pretty close to the Capital Region over the coming weekend, keeping conditions unsettled.

Overall, temperatures look to average below normal through midweek, and trend back to near normal by week’s end. Precipitation amounts look to average near normal.

...Below is the official forecast for the Capital Region and vicinity...

Today: Increasing clouds with snow showers and squalls developing during the morning. A mix of sun and clouds during the afternoon. Becoming very windy and turning sharply colder by afternoon. Early high near 30, with temperatures falling through the 20’s during the afternoon. South winds 10-20 MPH with higher gusts to near 25 MPH this morning, shifting west and increasing to 15-25 MPH with higher gusts to near 35 MPH possible this afternoon. Chance of snow is 80 percent. Snowfall accumulations of an inch or two possible. Locally higher amounts may occur in areas experiencing heavier snow squalls.

Tonight: Decreasing clouds, breezy, and bitterly cold. Low zero to 5 above zero. West winds 10-20 MPH with some higher gusts early in the evening, decreasing to 10-15 MPH overnight. Wind chill temperatures of 10 to 20 below zero at times.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny and windy. Bitter cold. High 10-15. West winds 10-20 MPH. Wind chill temperatures of zero to 10 below zero.

Tuesday Night: Mostly clear and very cold. Low near zero. West to southwest winds 5-10 MPH. Wind chill temperatures 5 to 15 below zero.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny and breezy. Bitter cold. High near 15. West winds 5-15 MPH.

Thursday: Mostly sunny with a 30 percent chance of light snow overnight. High near 20 and low near 10.

Friday: Partly sunny with a 40 percent chance of light snow and/or snow showers. High near 30 and low near 15.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of light snow showers. High near 30 and low near 15.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy and windy. A 30 percent chance of light snow showers. High near 30 and low near 20.

Useful links...

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Weather Prediction Center (WPC) Surface Weather Map 48 hour loop forecast

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