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One more cold day, followed by temperature moderation for end of work week

High pressure will remain in control of the weather over the Capital Region today. Fair, yet still quite cold, weather will be in store. As the high pressure area centers itself to our south and east, over the Atlantic seaboard by Thursday, temperatures will begin a slow moderating trend. A weak clipper system will drag its cold front through the region Thursday night and Friday morning. A chance of snow showers will accompany this feature.

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A more pronounced area of low pressure is forecast to develop over the central Plains on Friday, and will move to the upper Great Lakes during the day on Saturday, and then the Saint Lawrence Valley by Sunday morning. The track of this storm may bring some more precipitation to the region, in the form of snow. Temperatures will be hovering within a few degrees of the freezing mark over the weekend, and in fact may remain above freezing for some time during the daylight hours both Saturday and Sunday. Thus, there may be a mix of precipitation from time to time, especially in areas south and east of the Capital Region.

High pressure is forecast to build into the region later on Sunday and last through the start of the new work week.

Temperatures, though starting out below normal, will tend to remain near normal for the bulk of the forecast period. Precipitation amounts look to average below normal, perhaps trending toward near normal values thanks to the approach of the weekend storm system.

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

Today: Mostly sunny, breezy, and very cold. High 15-20. West to southwest winds 10-15 MPH.

Tonight: Mostly clear and cold. Low near 5. West winds 5-10 MPH, shifting south and becoming light overnight.

Thursday: Mostly sunny. High near 25. South winds 5-15 MPH.

Thursday Night: Increasing clouds with a chance of light snow after midnight. Low near 15. Southwest winds 5-15 MPH. Chance of snow is 40 percent. Snow accumulations of an inch or less.

Friday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of light snow and/or snow showers, especially during the morning. High 30-35. Southwest winds 5-15 MPH. Chance of snow is 30 percent. Additional snow accumulations of an inch or less.

Saturday: Overcast with a 40 percent chance of light snow. High near 35 and low near 25.

Sunday: A 40 percent chance of light snow and/or rain. High near 35 and low near 20.

Monday: Mostly cloudy. High near 30 and low near 15.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. High near 30 and low near 15.

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