High pressure to our north will continue to provide cold and dry conditions across the region today, but clouds will be increasing as an upper level trough and associated surface low pressure system begin to approach from the Great Lakes. This system will bring some light snow late tonight, especially north and west of Albany, before it phases with some energy in the southern stream and strong low pressure develops along the Carolina coast on Friday. This low will then track up the northeast coast on Friday while rapidly strengthening into Friday night, with the exact track dependent on where the heaviest snow falls.
- A winter storm watch is in effect for the entire region from Friday morning through late Friday night for the potential of heavy snow accumulations. A winter storm warning may be issued later today.
Here is the exclusive Capital Region forecast from the Albany Weather Examiner:
- The next 48 hours…
Today – Increasing clouds this morning, with mostly cloudy skies by this afternoon. High 22-26. Winds north around 5 mph.
Normal High/Low: 33° / 16°
Tonight – Cloudy with snow likely by morning. Low 15-19. Winds east around 5 mph. Chance of snow 70 percent.
Friday – Cloudy with snow likely. High 27-31. Winds east between 5 and 10 mph. Chance of snow near 100 percent. Snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches.
Friday Night – Cloudy and breezy with snow likely. The snow could be heavy at times. Low 14-18. Winds northeast between 15 and 20 mph. Chance of snow near 100 percent. Snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches, with higher amounts possible.
- The extended forecast…
Saturday – Cloudy with snow likely in the morning, then gradually becoming partly sunny by afternoon. High 24-28. Winds northwest between 15 and 20 mph, gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of snow 70 percent. Additional snow accumulations possible.
Sunday – Mostly sunny. Low -3 to 1. High 29-33.
Monday – Cloudy with a chance of snow in the morning, mixing with sleet, freezing rain, and rain in the afternoon. Low 16-20. High 37-41. Chance of precipitation 50 percent.
Tuesday – Partly sunny. Low 26-30. High 36-40.
Wednesday – Mostly cloudy. Low 22-26. High 31-35.
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