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Combination of coastal low pressure and cold front brings another day of rain

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Another area of low pressure, and a secondary cold front, will impact the Capital Region today, bringing some more light rain to the region during the course of the day. Areas north and west of the Capital Region may see some mixed precipitation. Colder air will move into the region beginning tonight and lasting through the Christmas holiday. Temperatures will return to below normal readings after today, through the midweek period.

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Cold high pressure will build into the region through Christmas day, before translating off the New England coast by the second half of the shortened work week. Thus, with the high pressure system to the east of the region, the airmass will moderate some with regard to temperatures, rising back to near normal levels for this time of year. Several weak disturbances will ride to the north of the region by week’s end. To these system’s detriment, there will be little appreciable moisture for them to work with, and thus they should only be able to bring some increased cloud cover, and perhaps a little light snow or flurry activity to the region.

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

Today: Lots of clouds with periods of light rain and drizzle. Early high in the upper 40’s, with temperatures falling into the 30’s during the afternoon. Becoming breezy. Northwest winds 5-10 MPH during the morning, increasing to 10-20 MPH with some higher gusts to near 25 MPH possible late in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 90 percent.

Tonight: Decreasing clouds and breezy. Much cooler. Low 20-25. Northwest winds 10-15 MPH.

Christmas Eve: Mostly sunny, windy, and colder. High near 30. Northwest winds 10-20 MPH with some higher gusts to near 25 MPH possible at times.

Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, breezy, and cold. Low near 10. Northwest winds 10-15 MPH. Wind chill temperatures 5 above to 5 below zero.

Christmas Day: Mostly sunny and cold. High near 25. Northwest winds 5-10 MPH.

Thursday: Partly sunny with a 30 percent chance of light snow late in the day. High near 30 and low near 20.

Friday: Mostly sunny. High near 35 and low near 20.

Saturday: Mostly sunny. High near 35 and low near 20.

Sunday: Mostly sunny. High near 35 and low near 20.

Useful links...

Capital Region Weather Examiner Home Page
Capital Region Weather Examiner Facebook page
Current Surface Weather Map
Weather Prediction Center (WPC) Surface Weather Map 48 hour loop forecast

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