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Series of cold fronts bring light snow, flurries, and bitter cold airmass

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Clouds and some light snow showers and flurries associated with a strong cold front were over the Capital Region Monday morning. These clouds should quickly move east and southeast of the area by late morning, allowing for sunshine and clouds to mix for the day today. A brisk and gusty northwesterly breeze will kick up, and temperatures will begin to plummet downhill as a modified Arctic airmass begins to spill southward into our region.

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After a cold night tonight, another weak clipper low pressure area will pass north of our region during the morning hours on Tuesday, dragging another cold front through the region, with another chance for some light snow or flurries. Though not much is expected in the way of snowfall with this system, the more pressing issue will be that of augmented Arctic chill. This frontal system will allow the Arctic airmass to entrench itself over the region, as cold high pressure builds in from Canada in its wake.

The end of the work week, and start of 2014, could begin on a rather treacherous and stormy note. The potential for development of a coastal storm continued to be monitored closely. The time frame of this storm looks to be primarily through the period Thursday morning through Friday morning. A cold airmass will be in place, and significant accumulations of snow are possible. Stay tuned for later updates.

The work week ends on a bitter cold note, as low temperatures Friday night look to tumble below zero region wide. A gradual moderation in temperatures is expected through the weekend in advance of another storm system that may impact the region in time for the start of the work week next week.

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

Today: Morning snow showers and squalls giving way to partly to mostly sunny conditions. A stray flurry or snow squall cannot be ruled out during the afternoon. Windy and cold. Early high near 30 with temperatures falling into the 20’s during the day. Northwest winds 15-25 MPH with some higher gusts to near 35 MPH possible at times. Chance of snow is 20 percent. Minimal additional snow accumulation is expected.

Tonight: Mostly clear early with increasing clouds after midnight. Low 5-10. Light northwest winds.

Tuesday: A slight chance of a snow shower or flurry during the morning. Otherwise, intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 20-25. Southwest winds 5-10 MPH during the morning, shifting west at 5-15 MPH during the afternoon. Chance of snow is 20 percent. Little if any additional snow accumulation expected.

New Year's Eve: Partly cloudy. Low near 10. West winds 10-20 MPH, diminishing to 5-15 MPH after midnight. Wind chill temperatures 5 above to 5 below zero.

New Year's Day: Mostly sunny and cold. A slight chance of snow showers late in the day. High near 20. Northwest winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of snow is 20 percent.

Thursday: Cold with a 60 percent chance of snow. High near 15 and low near 5.

Friday: Bitter cold with a 40 percent chance of snow showers and squalls. High near 5 above zero and low near 10 below zero.

Saturday: Mostly sunny and frigid. High near 20 and low near 10.

Sunday: Partly sunny. High near 30 and low near 15.

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