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

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High pressure over Virginia this morning will move over the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean today before weakening. Strong westerly to northwesterly flow on the northern side of the high pressure area will once again reinvigorate some gusty winds over the Capital Region this afternoon. Despite generally mostly sunny conditions, it will be quite chilly, with the wind making it feel all the more colder.

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A series of Arctic cold fronts, or as they are termed ‘clipper’ low pressure systems, will descend upon the region from central Canada starting on Wednesday and lasting through Thursday. The first system will approach the region late tonight, and sweep through Wednesday morning. The second system will approach the region Thursday morning, passing through the area during the daytime hours. Each system will bring a chance of light snow and/or snow showers to the region. Although accumulations are not expected to be hefty with these systems, they may desposit a quick inch or two of precipitation.

Of greater importance with each successive system’s passage, will be the introduction, and subsequent reinforcement of very cold air. Temperatures may range from 10, to as much as 20 degrees below normal through the end of the work week.

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

Today: Scattered flurries are possible from time to time. Otherwise, mostly sunny, windy, and cold. High in the upper 20’s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 MPH with gusts to near 25 MPH possible at times.

Tonight: Mostly clear to start, with increasing clouds after midnight. A slight chance of some flurries or a light snow shower late at night. Low 10 to 15. Light west winds early, shifting southwest at 5 to 10 MPH late at night. Chance of snow is 20 percent. A coating of snow is expected.

Wednesday: A chance of snow showers and flurries during the morning. Otherwise, a mix of sun and clouds by afternoon and becoming windy. High near 25. West winds increasing to 15 to 30 MPH with some higher gusts possible at times. Chance of snow is 30 percent. An inch or less of snow accumulation is expected.

Wednesday Night: Mostly clear and frigid. Low near 5 above zero. Light and variable winds early, shifting south at 5 to 10 MPH late at night.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy and windy with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. High near 25 and low near 5 above zero.

Friday: Mostly sunny, windy, and cold. High near 20 and low near 10.

Saturday: Partly sunny with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. High near 25 and low near 15.

Sunday: Increasing clouds with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. High near 30 and low near 15.

Monday: A 40 percent chance of snow. High near 35 and low near 25.

Useful links...

Capital Region Weather Examiner Home Page
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Current Surface Weather Map
Weather Prediction Center (WPC) Surface Weather Map 48 hour loop forecast

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