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Bitter cold conditions and storm threat to introduce 2014 to the Capital Region

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The Capital Region will see its first prolonged bout of Arctic temperatures and weather conditions over the course of the next week, and especially as we ready to enter into 2014.

Low pressure, currently over the Atlantic coast, will move into the Gulf of Maine by Monday morning. Precipitation that begins as plain rainfall today will transition to a wet snowfall tonight as the low pressure area moves east of the region, allowing colder air to work in.

As the coastal low bids adieu to our region Monday morning, a strong cold front, held up by the coastal system, located from the Upper Great lakes south and east into the lower Mississippi Valley region, will make steady progress eastward. This frontal system looks to clear our area by Monday afternoon. Some light snow showers, and perhaps a few snow squalls, combined with blustery northwest winds are expected with the frontal passage. The northwest winds should persist through the daytime hours, with snow chances diminishing by afternoon. Temperatures will take a plunge through the daytime hours on Monday, and the blustery winds will send wind chills into the single digits (above zero) at times, with colder values north over the Adirondacks, where temperatures will be lower.

On New Year’s Eve day, another fast moving system descends from northern and central Canada, toward the region. This system will serve to bring even colder air to the region for the start of the New Year. Some light snow and/or flurries should accompany the passage of the system during the daytime hours, followed by some of the coldest air of the season thus far.

Temperatures on New Year’s Day itself look to struggle to escape the teens (above zero), with even colder conditions expected on Thursday as a stronger storm system approaches the region, bringing the chance for some snowfall. Bitter cold is forecast to end the work week, with high temperatures perhaps barely making it to 10 degrees above zero. Low temperatures on Thursday and Friday nights, with clear skies and a fresh, potentially deep snowpack, may dip well below zero across portions of the region. With such cold temperatures, any wind at all may drive wind chill equivalent temperatures to dangerous levels.

Stay tuned for further information and statements concerning the impending Arctic air surge into the region, as well as the potential storm for the later portions of this coming week.

Below are a few cold weather clothing tips:

  • Several layers of clothing will retain body heat more efficiently than one single bulky garment.
  • A hat should also be worn as the majority of the body’s heat loss comes from the head.
  • Gloves and scarves are important as well, as the body’s appendages (i.e. hands, nose, ears, etc.) will be very prone to frostbite in such butter cold conditions.

Useful links...

Capital Region Weather Examiner Home Page
Capital Region Weather Examiner Facebook page
Current Surface Weather Map
Hydrometeorological Prediction Center (HPC) Surface Weather Map 48 hour loop forecast
Albany, NY office of the National Weather Service

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