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Bitter cold begins to erode as precipitation chances increase by the weekend

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The bitter cold that has been a mainstay over the Capital Region for the past several days will relax its grip after today. Stable high pressure was centered south of the region this morning, and will track eastward over the open Atlantic waters through the day today. This movement will cause the winds to slowly shift to the south and southwest, bringing in some milder air to the region to end the work week, and especially over the weekend.

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Conditions remain fair through Friday. There will remain a bit of a breeze through the day today. Winds should slacken off overnight tonight, and be within reasonable limits for the remainder of the work week.

A warm front to the south of the region will bring some light precipitation to the area to start the weekend. A wintry mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain may begin during the morning on Saturday. However, as the warmer air advances into the region through the day, and temperatures rise above freezing, precipitation should become all rain.

Precipitation chances linger into Sunday as a cold front sweeps thorugh during the morning hours. A series of low pressure systems develops along the southern extent of this frontal boundary as another system advances toward the east, from the center of the Nation to start the work week. The combination of these two systems will return unsettled weather to the region early next week.

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

Today: Mostly sunny, breezy, and very cold. High 15-20. West to southwest winds 10-15 MPH.

Tonight: Mostly clear and cold. Low near 10. Southwest winds 5-10 MPH.

Thursday: Mostly sunny. High near 25. Southwest winds 5-15 MPH.

Thursday Night: Variably cloudy. Low 15-20. Light south winds.

Friday: Partly sunny. High in the mid 30’s. South winds 5-10 MPH.

Saturday: A 50 percent chance of rain, freezing rain, or sleet early, changing to all rain. High near 50 and low near 40.

Sunday: A 40 percent chance of light rain and windy. High near 45 and low near 30.

Monday: Partly sunny. High near 45 and low near 30.

Tuesday: A 40 percent chance of light rain. High near 40 and low near 25.

Useful links...

Capital Region Weather Examiner Home Page
Capital Region Weather Examiner Facebook page
Current Surface Weather Map
Weather Prediction Center (WPC) Surface Weather Map 48 hour loop forecast

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