The Capital Region looks to remain in the thralls of a deep and cold trough in the upper levels of the atmosphere. This overall pattern will keep a parade of weather systems passing through the region over the next several days. Temperatures will moderate a bit in advance of each system, while taking a tumble as each respective system passes through the region, allowing bitter Arctic air to entrench itself.
The first weather system passes through the region today, bringing strong southerly winds in advance of it, along with squall-like light snow showers. Lake effect processes will initiate behind the system overnight and into Sunday. However, at this point, the lake effect activity looks to be aligned further north and west of the immediate area.
Another in the series of low pressure systems passes through the upper Great Lake on Sunday morning, en route to northern New England by Monday morning. Another cold front will be swept through the Capital Region, around or just prior to, the Monday morning rush hour. Some light snow showers will once again break out in advance of the system. Once the front passes, the region will see temperatures decrease and northwest winds increase, bringing wind chill temperatures crashing downward once again.
High pressure builds into the region for the midweek period, however, bitter cold persists. Another weak system looks to sweep across the region late Thursday and into Friday, bringing some light snow chances back into the forecast, along with some moderating temperatures for the end of the work week thanks to high pressure building in from the south behind the departing disturbance.
..Below is the official forecast for the Capital Region and vicinity...
Today: Periods of light snow and/or snow squalls. Windy and chilly. High near 25. Southerly winds 10-20 MPH with some higher gusts to near 25 MPH at times. Chance of snow is 90 percent. An inch or two of snow accumulation possible.
Tonight: Any left over evening snow showers or flurries tapering off. Becoming partly cloudy to mostly clear, and breezy, overnight. Low near 5. West winds 10-20 MPH with some higher gusts possible at times. Wind chill temperatures of 10 to 20 below zero.
Sunday: Partly sunny, windy, and cold. High near 15. West to southwest winds 10-20 MPH with some higher gusts possible at times.
Sunday Night: Increasing clouds with a chance of light snow. Low 10-15. South winds 5-15 MPH. Chance of snow is 40 percent. An inch or less of snow accumulation possible.
Monday: A chance of light snow and/or snow showers early. Becoming partly sunny, windy, and turning colder during the afternoon. Early high near 25. Southwest winds 5-15 MPH early, shifting west and increasing to 15-25 MPH during the afternoon, with some higher gusts possible. Chance of snow is 30 percent. An inch or less of snow accumulation is possible.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny and frigid. High near 10 and low near zero.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny and frigid. High near 15 and low near zero.
Thursday: Partly sunny with a 30 percent chance of light snow. High near 20 and low near 5.
Friday: Mostly sunny. High near 25 and low near 15.