A major winter storm will impact Upstate Eastern New York today with heavy snow. A pair of low pressure systems, one inland over Kentucky, and another over the mid Atlantic Coast early this morning, will send copious amounts of moisture toward the region through the day today. The air temperatures over the region will remain below, or marginally close, to the freezing point. This will ensure that the Capital Region sees prolonged snowfall today. Some of the snowfall may be locally heavy, with blinding visibility at times. Snowfall rates of one to two inches per hour are possible this morning and early afternoon. Roads will become treacherous and unnecessary travel should be avoided today.
The coastal low pressure system will become dominant this afternoon, and will accelerate north and eastward to be well east of Cape Cod early this evening. Snowfall is forecast to become light, and taper to snow showers and flurries this afternoon before ending during the evening hours.
High pressure will slowly build into the region tonight from central Canada. This will be an Arctic high pressure, though the airmass associated with the system does not look to be as cold, for our region, as that which was experienced with the last few Arctic outbreaks. Fair and dry weather is forecast for the remainder of the work week, and to start the coming weekend, with temperatures well below normal.
Another storm system looks to potentially impact the region during the Sunday and Monday time frame. This looks to be a cold front approaching from the west, and it may be bring a chance for some light to moderate intensity snowfall to close out the weekend and start the new work week. Temperatures will once again remain well below normal.
...Below is the official forecast for the Capital Region and vicinity...
**National Weather Service WINTER STORM WARNING In Effect Through 6 PM EST Tonight**
Today: Snow, heavy at times this morning and early this afternoon. Snow tapering to light snow and snow showers late in the day. High near 30. North to northeast winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of snow is 100 percent. Total storm accumulations of 6 to 12 inches. Locally higher accumulations are possible in spots.
Tonight: Any evening snow showers or flurries quickly coming to an end. Decreasing clouds and cold overnight. Low near 10. Northwest winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of evening snow is 30 percent. Little if any additional snow accumulation is forecast.
Thursday: Mostly sunny and cold. High near 20. Northwest winds 5-10 MPH.
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy. Low 5-10 above zero. Light west to southwest winds.
Friday: Mostly sunny and cold. High near 20-25. West winds 5-15 MPH.
Saturday: Mostly sunny and cold. High near 25 and low near 5 above zero.
Sunday: Increasing clouds with a 40 percent chance of light snow. High near 30 and low near 15.
Monday: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of light snow. High near 25 and low near 10.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny and cold. High near 20 and low near 5 above zero.