Low pressure over the Carolina coast early this morning, will methodically track to the east and northeast through the day today, and be out over the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean by evening. Significant precipitation from the storm should remain well south of the Capital Region. However, some lighter precipitation is possible as we remain on the outer fringes of the storm’s precipitation shield. The best chances for seeing some precipitation look to be during the mid and late afternoon hours today through the overnight period tonight.
Upper level energy to our north and west over southern Canada will work its way south and east toward our region during the day on Thursday. The coastal system will work to absorb this upper level impulse Thursday afternoon and evening, facilitating development of a more widespread light snowfall over the Capital Region for the Thursday evening into Friday morning time frame. An inch or two of snow accumulation may result during this time, with some locally higher amounts over the higher terrain north and west of the immediate Capital Region.
High pressure builds back into the region during the day on Friday, and looks to stay with us through the coming weekend. Temperatures will begin to moderate as the strengthening March sun is allowed to shine through and warm the surface. Some areas may approach the 50 degree mark during the coming weekend.
The next weather maker looks to approach the region, from the south, on Monday. A wintry mix of precipitation looks to be in the offing to start the new work week.
...Below is the official forecast for the Capital Region and vicinity...
Today: Increasing clouds with light rain and/or snow showers possible during the afternoon. High in the lower 40’s. Northerly winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Little if any snow accumulation is expected.
Tonight: Overcast with intermittent light rain and/or snow showers. Low near 30. Northerly winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. A coating of snow is possible.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy with intermittent light rain and/or snow showers continuing. High near 40. Northerly winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Snow accumulations of less than an inch.
Thursday Night: Overcast with periods of light snow. Low in the upper 20’s. Northerly winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of snow is 70 percent. Snow accumulations of an inch or two possible.
Friday: A chance of snow showers in the morning, otherwise partial clearing. High 40-45. Northwest winds 5-15 MPH. Chance of snow in the morning is 30 percent. Little if any additional snow accumulation is expected.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. High near 45 and low near 30.
Sunday: Mostly sunny. High near 45 and low near 30.
Monday: Overcast with a 40 percent chance of rain and/or snow showers. High near 40 and low near 30.