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Cold high pressure brings mostly sunny but frigid weather to close out work week

The weather across upstate eastern New York will feature two key elements over the next several days, the first being generally cold conditions, and the second being intermittent bouts of light snow and snow showers. Cold high pressure will be over the region to close out the work week, and despite bright sunshine today, high temperatures will not escape the teens.

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A parade of fast moving, Alberta Clipper type, low pressure systems will march through the region during the coming weekend. One such system is forecast to sweep through the region during the day on Saturday. A second system looks to pay the region a visit late Sunday into Monday morning. Each system will bring with it a chance for some light snow and/or snow showers. Most importantly, behind each system will come a reinforcing shot of the bitter cold Arctic air that has been over our region, for the most part, since the beginning of the week.

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

Today: Mostly sunny and frigid. High in the mid teens. West to southwest winds 5-15 MPH.

Tonight: Mostly clear to start with increasing clouds late. A chance of light snow after midnight. Low 5-10. Light southwest winds, increasing to 5-15 MPH after midnight. Chance of snow is 30 percent. Little if any snow accumulation is expected.

Saturday: Periods of light snow and/or snow showers. Becoming windy. High near 25. South winds 10-20 MPH with some higher gusts to near 25 MPH possible at times. Chance of snow is 80 percent. An inch or two of snow accumulation is expected.

Saturday Night: A chance of a snow shower early in the evening. Otherwise, becoming partly cloudy and very cold. Low near 5. West to northwest winds 5-15 MPH. Chance of snow is 20 percent. Little if any additional snow accumulation. Wind chill temperatures of 10 to 20 below zero.

Sunday: Partly sunny, windy, and cold. High near 15. West winds 10-20 MPH with some higher gusts possible.

Monday: A 40 percent chance of light snow and/or snow showers during the morning. Otherwise, partly sunny, windy, and cold. High near 25 and low near zero.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny and frigid. High near 15 and low near zero.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny and frigid. High near 15 and low near zero.

Thursday: Mostly sunny. High near 20 and low near 5.

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