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Coasltal low pressure deals glancing blow to the region today with light snow

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A dip in the jet stream, or a trough in the upper levels of the atmosphere, will begin to develop over the northeastern United States today, and will intensify over the coming week. This will bring the region sporadic chances for light snow from time to time as weak disturbances ride along the developing trough, helping to amplify it.

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Of particular importance will be the passage of an Arctic cold front during the day on Monday. This front, in addition to bringing another chance for snow showers and snow squalls, will help bring a bitterly cold airmass into the region for the majority of the coming work week.

..Below is the official forecast for the Capital Region and vicinity...

Today: Increasing clouds with light snow developing. High 30-35. Northerly winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of snow is 80 percent. A dusting to two inches of accumulation is possible.

Tonight: A chance of light snow during the evening, otherwise variably cloudy. Low near 20. West winds 5-15 MPH before midnight, diminishing to under 10 MPH after midnight. Chance of snow is 30 percent. Additional snowfall accumulations of an inch or less.

Sunday: Partly sunny and breezy. A slight chance of a flurry or snow shower. High in the lower 30’s. West to southwest winds 10-20 MPH. Chance of snow is 20 percent.

Sunday Night: Variably cloudy and breezy. Low near 20. West winds 10-20 MPH.

Monday: Increasing clouds in the morning with periods of light snow and/or snow squalls developing. Becoming breezy and turning colder during the afternoon. High temperatures in the lower 30’s, dropping into the 20’s during the afternoon. West winds 5-15 MPH early, increasing to 10-20 MPH during the afternoon. Chance of snow is 50 percent. Snow accumulations of a dusting to an inch possible.

Tuesday: Partly sunny, breezy, and bitter cold. High near 10 and low near 5 below zero.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, breezy, and bitter cold. High near 10 and low near zero.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy, breezy, and bitter cold. High near 10 and low near 5 above zero.

Friday: Mostly cloudy and breezy, and cold with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. High near 15 and low near 5 above zero.

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