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Frigid start to the work week as Arctic cold front sweeps through

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A reinforcing shot of bitter cold Arctic air will blast into the Capital Region today as a chilling cold front passes through the region during the morning hours. The front’s passage will be marked by a blustery northwesterly wind, steady or slowly falling temperatures, and perhaps a scattered flurry this morning.

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High pressure will build into the region tonight, and with clear skies, a relatively fresh and deep snowpack, and diminishing winds, temperatures should be set to take a tumble. Readings near to below zero are expected overnight tonight.

After a chilly start, clouds will increase on Tuesday morning, ahead of another clipper system that is set to sweep through the region Tuesday night and into Wednesday. Another round of light to moderate snowfall is expected during this time frame, with a modest accumulation.

A brief break in the action occurs on Wednesday and Thursday, before another series of disturbances keeps the weather unsettled heading into the coming weekend. A moderation in temperatures is expected with near to slightly above freezing temperatures during the day, which may create some mixed precipitation at times for the final weekend before the Christmas holiday.

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

Today: Morning snow flurries possible. Otherwise a mix of sun and clouds and blustery. Frigid. High near 20. West to northwest winds increasing to 15-25 MPH with some higher gusts to near 35 MPH possible at times. Wind chill temperatures 5 above to 5 below zero.

Tonight: Mostly clear with diminishing winds. Frigid. Low zero to 5 above zero. Northwest winds 5-10 MPH early, becoming calm.

Tuesday: Increasing clouds with periods of light snow and snow showers developing. High near 20. Variable winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of snow is 80 percent. Snow accumulations of 1-3 inches possible.

Tuesday Night: Evening snow showers diminishing to flurries. Otherwise lots of clouds. Low near 15. Northwest winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of snow in the evening is 40 percent. An additional inch or less of accumulation.

Wednesday: Partly sunny and breezy. High 25-30. West winds 5-15 MPH.

Thursday: Increasing clouds. High 30-35. West winds 5-10 MPH.

Friday: Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of a wintry mix of precipitation. High near 35 and low near 25.

Saturday: Overcast with a 50 percent chance of snow. High near 30 and low near 25.

Sunday: Overcast with a 40 percent chance of a wintry mix of precipitation. High near 35 and low near 25.

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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