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Disturbance sends clouds and light snow showers to the region today

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A weak disturbance in the upper levels of the atmosphere will bring some increased clouds, along with a chance of some light snow to portions of the Capital Region today. Chilly air will be in place as temperatures hold right around the freezing mark. Clouds will break up this evening and overnight behind the departing system, bringing a cold start to the midweek period.

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An Arctic cold front will approach the region from the upper Midwest during the day on Wednesday. Though some light snow showers and squalls are possible with the passage of the front during the afternoon hours, of greater concern will be the falling temperatures, and increasing northwest winds behind the frontal system.

A weak area of high pressure attempts to build into the region to close out the work week, before another low pressure area approaches by week’s end and into the weekend. Increasing west to southwest winds are forecast by Friday, along with some increasing high clouds.

Low pressure is forecast to move from the Four Corners region on Friday, to the Tennessee Valley on Saturday morning. A stationary boundary may set up just south of the region during the daytime hours on Saturday, inducing an additional area of low pressure to form over the lower Ohio Valley, moving toward the Capital Region during the afternoon on Saturday, and off the northern New England coast on Sunday. This type of a storm track may bring a respectable snowfall to the region should it pan out. A frigid Arctic airmass would likely follow this storm’s passage as the new work week approaches. Stay tuned for further details in later forecasts.

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

Today: Lots of clouds with light snow showers possible during the late morning and afternoon hours. High in the lower 30’s. Northwest winds 5-15 MPH. Chance of snow is 50 percent. Snow accumulations of an inch or less.

Tonight: Variably cloudy and cold. Low in the upper teens. West winds 5-15 MPH.

Wednesday: Intervals of clouds and sunshine and blustery. A chance of snow showers late in the day. High in the upper 20’s. West winds 15-25 MPH with some higher gusts to near 35 MPH possible at times. Chance of snow is 30 percent. Wind chill temperatures zero to ten above zero. Snow accumulations of an inch or less.

Wednesday Night: Overcast during the evening, with gradually decreasing clouds overnight. Low 10-15. Northwest winds 5-10 MPH.

Thursday: Mostly sunny and cold. High 20-25. West winds 5-10 MPH.

Friday: Mostly sunny, blustery, and cold. High near 25 and low near 15.

Saturday: Overcast with a 50 percent chance of snow. High near 30 and low near 20.

Sunday: Overcast with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. High near 30 and low near 10.

Monday: Partly sunny, blustery, and cold with a 20 percent chance of a snow shower. High near 20 and low near 5.

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



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