A major storm system will develop well east of the Carolina coast through the day today, and move into Maritime Canada by Wednesday afternoon. This storm appears to be far enough east to spare the Capital Region little more than a glancing blow as far as impacts from snow or precipitation. Some light snow showers or flurries are possible overnight tonight and early Wednesday morning, but little if any accumulation is anticipated.
Winds will increase dramatically over the region by Wednesday morning as the storm system develops explosively. A large pressure difference develops between the system and high pressure, which will be building into our region from the west. Wind speeds may approach or exceed 35 MPH over the Capital Region, and perhaps even higher across west to east oriented valley’s, such as the Mohawk Valley. It will be a bit chilly on Wednesday, and especially Wednesday night as skies clear and winds slacken off under the influence of the high pressure system.
The later portions of the work week look to see a moderation in temperatures as the high pressure area slides offshore, shifting the winds to a southerly to southwesterly direction. Another system approaches the region by Friday night, dragging a warm front through the area with a chance of showers into Saturday. A cold front passes through the region Saturday afternoon and evening followed by high pressure and drying conditions to close out the weekend. Temperatures look to tend toward seasonable levels.
...Below is the official forecast for the Capital Region and vicinity...
Today: Increasing clouds. High in the upper 30’s. South winds 5 to 10 MPH.
Tonight: Variably cloudy with a chance of a light snow shower or flurry. Low near 20. Light and variable winds. Chance of snow is 20 percent. Little if any snow accumulation is expected.
Wednesday: Morning clouds and a stray flurry or snow shower possible. A mix of sun and clouds and becoming windy by afternoon. High 30 to 35. Northwest winds increasing to 15 to 30 MPH with higher gusts to near 35 MPH possible at times. Chance of snow in the morning is 20 percent. Little if any snow accumulation is expected
Wednesday Night: Mostly clear and cold. Low near 10. Northwest winds 5 to 15 MPH. Wind chill temperatures 5 above to 5 below zero.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. High near 40. South winds 5 to 10 MPH.
Friday: Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Mild. High near 55 and low near 35.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. High near 45 and low near 30.
Sunday: Partly sunny. High near 45 and low near 30.
Monday: Mostly sunny. High near 50 and low near 30.