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Fair weather today to be followed by another shot at accumulating snow Tuesday

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High pressure will move east from the Great Lakes today and center itself over our region by this afternoon. The result will be mostly sunny to sunny sky conditions, however, temperatures will remain quite cold.

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The high pressure ridge will move east of the region tonight, allowing for clouds to slowly increase ahead of a system over the Midwest states. This weather system will bring increasing chances for snow to the region beginning late tonight, and lasting through the day on Tuesday. Low pressure is forecast to redevelop over the mid Atlantic coast during the day, and prolong the snowfall activity. Though excessive snowfall is not expected at this point in time, it appears as if the snow plows and shovels will be needed once again. The morning commute on Tuesday may be a bit difficult.

Conditions will slowly improve by Tuesday evening, as the system departs. However, a change in the general weather pattern over the lower 48 states looks to be getting underway by the midweek period. The evolving pattern looks to favor fast moving weather systems passing through the region, with 12 to 24 hour respite between each respective system. In addition, temperatures will trend more toward seasonally expected readings, if not a couple degrees above them, into the coming weekend. This, along with some liquid rainfall expected with some of the weather systems passing through, should help slowly melt some of the deep and extensive snowpack over the region.

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

Today: Mostly sunny to sunny. High near 25. Northwest winds 5-10 MPH.

Tonight: Mostly clear to start, with increasing high clouds late at night. A chance of light snow after midnight. Low in the lower teens. Northwest winds early, shifting southeast, at 5-10 MPH. Chance of snow is 40 percent. An inch or less of additional snowfall is possible by dawn.

Tuesday: Periods of snow diminishing to snow showers and flurries by late in the afternoon. High in the lower 30’s. South winds, shifting west late in the day, at 5-15 MPH. Chance of snow is 90 percent. 3 to 6 inches of snow accumulation is possible.

Tuesday Night: Decreasing clouds. Low 20-25. South winds 5-10 MPH.

Wednesday: Partly sunny with a chance of rain and/or snow showers. High near 40. South winds 5-15 MPH. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.

Thursday: Partly sunny. High near 40 and low near 30.

Friday: A 40 percent chance of light rain. High near 45 and low near 25.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. High near 40 and low near 30.

Sunday: Partly sunny. High near 40 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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