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March starts out cold with chances for light snow for the Capital Region

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Another in the series of Arctic cold fronts will approach the region today from the Great Lakes. As the system passes through the region during the overnight hours, some light snow is expected to develop. Moisture availability Is lacking with this system, hence only light snow is forecast with very minor accumulations expected. Colder air will settle back in behind this feature to close out the weekend.

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Another storm system will develop on the southwestern extent of the Arctic frontal system as it stalls south of the area Sunday. The low pressure area, or storm center, will move from the lower Mississippi Valley Sunday morning to the vicinity of the southern Mid Atlantic by Sunday evening, and then quickly out to sea by Monday morning.

The Capital Region will be on the northern periphery of the precipitation shield associated with this storm. Thus, some light snow is expected to develop over the area perhaps as early as late in the day on Sunday, and lasting through Sunday night. Accumulations are expected to be minor, as the brunt of the moisture and dynamics associated with this system remain far further south.

High pressure slowly builds back into the region in the wake of the storm to start the work week. Fair weather looks to remain over the region for the course of the coming week, with strong high pressure settling over the area by the midweek period. As the high pressure area moves east of the region, later in the week, temperatures will slowly rebound to near seasonable readings after spending the majority of the week well below normal.

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

Today: Mostly sunny to start with increasing high clouds during the day. High near 30. South winds 5 to 15 MPH.

Tonight: Overcast with a chance of light snow and flurries overnight. Low near 15. South to southwest winds early, shifting northwest late at night, 5 to 10 MPH. Chance of snow is 40 percent. Accumulations of a dusting to an inch or new snow possible.

Sunday: More clouds than sunshine with a slight chance of light snow late in the afternoon. High in the upper 20’s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 MPH. Chance of snow is 30 percent. Little if any additional snow accumulation expected.

Sunday Night: Overcast with periods of light snow possible. Low near 15. Northwest winds 5 to 15 MPH. Chance of snow is 40 percent. Snow accumulations of a dusting to an inch of new snow possible.

Monday: A chance of light snow and/or snow showers early. Otherwise, a mix of sun and clouds during the afternoon. High in the lower 20’s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 MPH. Chance of snow is 20 percent.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny and cold. High near 15 and low near zero.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High near 25 and low near zero.

Thursday: Mostly sunny. High near 35 and low near 15.

Friday: Partly sunny. High near 35 and low near 20.

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