The combination of a potent upper level disturbance, and brisk northwesterly surface winds, will make for a chilly Wednesday across the Capital Region. There will be a fair amount of cloud cover mixed with the sunshine at times today. The enhanced flow along a large fetch of the lakes Ontario and Erie may lead to some lake effect snow bands working their way into, and down through, the Mohawk Valley. At this point in time, it appears as if the bulk of this type of activity should stay well west of the region.
Canadian high pressure will slowly begin to build into the region by Thursday. Despite this fact, a brisk and gusty northwest wind will continue, unabated, through most of the day as the large low pressure area, that brought turbulent weather to the region on Tuesday, pulls rapidly away from the region and into the Canadian Maritime provinces.
As we close out the work week on Friday, high pressure becomes the dominant weather feature over the Capital Region. A mix of sun and clouds, moderating temperatures, and a noticeable slackening to the winds will make for quite the dichotomy in weather conditions, especially when compared to those of the last few days.
We continue to monitor the potential for another storm system to develop on Friday over the southern states, and head toward the southern New England coast by Saturday. There is the potential for another bout of precipitation across the region for the weekend, and at this point a mix of rain and snow look to be in the forecast. Stay tuned for later updates.
...Below is the official forecast for the Capital Region and vicinity...
Today: Intervals of clouds and sunshine, blustery, and cold. Scattered snow flurries are possible from time to time. High in the upper 20’s. Northwest winds 15-25 MPH with some higher gusts to near 35 MPH at times.
Tonight: Variably cloudy, breezy, and cold. Low near 15. Northwest winds 10-20 MPH with some higher gusts to near 25 MPH possible at times. Wind chill temperatures near or slightly below zero.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, continued breezy and cold. High near 30. Northwest winds 15-25 MPH with some higher gusts to near 35 MPH possible at times.
Thursday Night: Mostly clear with diminishing winds. Low near 20. Northerly winds 5-10 MPH during the evening, becoming light overnight.
Friday: Mostly sunny. High near 40. Light and variable winds.
Saturday: Overcast with a 70 percent chance of rain and/or snow. High near 40 and low near 30.
Sunday: Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of rain and/or snow. High near 40 and low near 30.
Monday: Mostly sunny. High near 40 and low near 25.