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Cold and dry airmass in place for Christmas Day, chance of snow showers Thursday

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High pressure will keep Christmas day quite cold and chilly, despite ample amounts of sunshine. As the high pressure area moves to our east this evening, a slow moderation in temperatures will result for the remainder of the week.

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A weak Canadian, clipper low pressure system will sweep through the region during the course of the day on Thursday. This will bring a chance for some light snow and snow showers, especially Thursday afternoon.

The weather pattern heading into the close of the work week and into the weekend will feature several fast moving weather systems. All these systems look to have little, if any, appreciable moisture to work with. Thus some times of increased cloudiness look to be all that they should be able to muster across our region.

A stronger system looks to approach the region by the end of the weekend, and furthermore, looks to bring a more sustained intrusion of Arctic air to the region as we close out 2013 next week.

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

Today: Mostly sunny and cold. High near 20. Northwest winds 5-10 MPH.

Tonight: Mostly clear to start with increasing clouds overnight. Low in the upper teens. Light southerly winds.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy with periods of light snow and/or snow showers developing by afternoon. High in the lower 30’s. South winds 5-15 MPH. Chance of snow is 60 percent. Snow accumulations of an inch or less.

Thursday Night: Decreasing clouds. Low near 20. West winds 5-15 MPH.

Friday: Mostly sunny. High 30-35. West winds 5-15 MPH.

Saturday: Mostly sunny. High near 35 and low near 25.

Sunday: Mostly sunny. High near 35 and low near 25.

Monday: Mostly cloudy, breezy, and turning colder with a 40 percent chance of snow showers. High near 30 and low near 20.

Tuesday: Partly sunny, blustery, and cold with a 30 percent chance of light snow and/or snow showers. High near 20 and low near 10.

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Weather Prediction Center (WPC) Surface Weather Map 48 hour loop forecast

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