A cold front will pass through the Capital Region later this morning and early this afternoon. Some snow showers and squalls will accompany the frontal passage. The frontal system will be associated with some bitterly cold air that will slowly begin to seep into the region. Another chance of snow showers enters the picture on Tuesday with the passage of a reinforcing cold front that will act to drive temperatures down even further for the midweek period.
Winds will howl from the northwest later this afternoon and evening in the wake of the first cold front. A moderate breeze is forecast to persist through Tuesday, and for the remainder of the week. The region will remain locked in a weather pattern featuring a deep trough of low pressure in the upper levels of the atmosphere, which was allowing the bitter cold conditions to seep southward. This persistent trough will keep a parade of disturbances moving from Canada, southeastward, toward the region, through the bulk of the week.
Temperatures are forecast to average below normal for the entire forecast period. Precipitation amounts looks to average near to slightly below normal.
...Below is the official forecast for the Capital Region and vicinity...
Today: Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow showers and/or squalls during the afternoon. Becoming windy and turning sharply colder during the afternoon. Early high temperatures in the low 30’s, falling through the 20’s during the afternoon. Southwest winds 10-15 MPH this morning, shifting northwest and increasing to 15-25 MPH with some higher gusts to near 35 MPH possible at times during the afternoon. Chance of snow is 40 percent. New snow accumulations of an inch or less.
Tonight: A chance of snow showers early this evening, otherwise diminishing winds and cloud cover overnight. Cold. Low near 5 above zero. Northwest winds 15-25 MPH with higher gusts early in the evening, diminishing to 5-10 MPH overnight. Chance of snow in the evening is 20 percent. Little if any additional snow accumulation. Wind chill temperatures between zero and 15 below zero late tonight.
Tuesday: Partly sunny and frigid. A chance of snow showers. High near 15. Northerly winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of snow is 30 percent.
Tuesday Night: A chance of snow showers during the evening. Otherwise, becoming mostly clear and bitterly cold. Low near zero. Northerly winds 5-15 MPH. Wind chill temperatures of 10 to 20 below zero.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, breezy, and frigid. High near 10 above zero. Northwest winds 10-15 MPH. Wind chill temperatures zero to 10 below zero.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, breezy, and bitter cold. High near 10 and low near zero.
Friday: Mostly sunny, breezy, and cold. High near 15 and low near 5 above zero.
Saturday: A 40 percent chance of light snow. High near 25 and low near 15.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy, windy, and cold. A 30 percent chance of snow showers. High near 20 and low near 5 above zero.