After near record warmth yesterday, the Capital Region will see cooler temperatures today, though not the bitter cold experienced over the past few weeks. The record high for Albany, NY on Saturday was 57 degrees, the actual high temperature, reached at 7:38 PM EST Saturday evening, was 56 degrees, just one degree shy of the record set in 1975.
Winds will be strong and gusty today as a cold front passed through the region during the pre-dawn hours this morning, and was now well east of the region. As is typical with these types of systems, an upper level trough of low pressure resided behind the main surface low pressure, and will sweep across the region during the morning and early afternoon hours. Some light rain and/or snow showers will accompany this feature.
The coming week looks to feature unsettled weather conditions as a parade of weather systems traverses the country. These should be fast moving systems. One such system is forecast to impact the region Monday night into Tuesday, and then again Wednesday into Thursday. A more potent system looks to be in the cards for Friday, with some colder air invading the region after its passage Friday morning. Each system looks to being the threat of some light precipitation to the region, and toward the end of the week, this may take the form of snow as temperatures struggle to reach the freezing mark.
...Below is the official forecast for the Capital Region and vicinity...
Today: A chance of rain and/or wet snow showers during the morning. Otherwise, intervals of clouds and sunshine and windy. High near 45. West winds 15-25 MPH with some higher gusts to near 35 MPH possible at times. Chance of precipitation this morning is 30 percent. Little if any additional snow accumulation possible.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low in the upper 20’s. Light southwest winds.
Monday: Mostly sunny to start with increasing clouds late in the day. High near 45. South winds 10-15 MPH.
Monday Night: Increasing, thickening, and lowering clouds with light rain developing. Low in the mid 30’s. Southwest winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of rain is 70 percent.
Tuesday: A chance of showers during the morning. Otherwise, intervals of clouds and sunshine. High in the upper 40’s. Southwest winds, shifting west, at 5-15 MPH. Chance of rain is 30 percent.
Wednesday: A 40 percent chance of light rain. High near 35 and low near 20.
Thursday: A 30 percent chance of showers in the morning. Becoming mostly sunny and windy during the afternoon. High near 35 and low near 15.
Friday: Mostly cloudy and windy with a 40 percent chance of snow showers. High near 30 and low near 20.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy and windy with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. High near 30 and low near 15.