A large storm system was located well to the east of Cape Cod, while as an upper level disturbance closer to the Capital Region was merging with the ocean storm. This combination of weather systems has caused persistent light snow to fall across the region since yesterday afternoon, and will continue to provide an impetus for the snowfall to continue this morning. Snowfall should begin to decrease in areal coverage by early this afternoon as high pressure over the upper Great Lakes builds eastward toward our area.
The weekend looks to be controlled by high pressure, with clear to partly cloudy skies and moderating temperatures. After a cold start on Saturday morning, thanks to the fresh snowpack and high pressure being located just to our west, temperatures should rise to levels capable of melting some of the modest snowpack recently deposited. In fact, as the axis of the ridge of high pressure moves east of our region by Sunday morning, winds should shift to a more southerly to southwesterly direction, further facilitating a rise in daytime maximum temperatures.
The next weather system to impact the region does not look to come about until Tuesday, and the atmosphere looks to have warmed enough by that time to allow for all rain across the Capital Region as both a warm front and cold front pair slice through the area into the middle portions of the new work week.
...Below is the official forecast for the Capital Region and vicinity...
Today: Light snow slowly tapering to flurries this morning before ending during the afternoon. Becoming breezy. High near 40. Northwest winds 10-15 MPH. Chance of snow this morning is 70 percent. An inch or less of additional snow accumulation is expected.
Tonight: Mostly clear and cold. Low 20-25. Light northerly winds.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. High near 45. Light northwest winds.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear. Low near 25. Light and variable winds.
Sunday: Mostly sunny. High in the upper 40’s. South winds 5-10 MPH.
Monday: Overcast with a 60 percent chance of rain. High near 50 and low near 35.
Tuesday: Overcast with a 40 percent chance of rain showers. High near 45 and low near 30.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High near 45 and low near 30.