A large ridge of high pressure will cover the eastern third of the nation this coming weekend. The Capital Region will be on the western side of the ridge axis today, which combined with the snow cover in place over the area, will keep temperatures at bay a couple of degrees, though remaining essentially near normal for this time of year.
The ridge of high pressure shifts to our east by Sunday, and a more southerly low level wind flow initiates. This should warm temperatures to as much as 10 degrees above seasonal averages across the entire region. Above normal temperatures look to last into the early portions of the new work week before a cold front passes through the region on Tuesday, bringing the threat for some rain and a return to cooler, breezier weather to close out the work week.
..Below is the official forecast for the Capital Region and vicinity...
Today: Mostly sunny. High in the lower 40’s. Northwesterly winds 5-10 MPH.
Tonight: Mostly clear, calm, and cold. Low 25-30.
Sunday: Sunshine mixing with clouds. High near 50. Southerly winds 5-10 MPH.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy. Low in the lower 30’s. Light south winds.
Monday: Morning sunshine giving way to increasing afternoon clouds. A chance of a shower late in the day. High 50-55. South winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of rain is 30 percent.
Tuesday: Overcast with a 60 percent chance of rain and showers. High near 50 and low near 30.
Wednesday: A 40 percent chance of showers in the morning, otherwise gradual clearing and windy during the afternoon. High near 45 and low near 30.
Thursday: Mostly sunny and windy. High near 45 and low near 25.