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Snow develops over the Capital Region today with moderate accumulation expected

Another round of snowfall is forecast over upstate Eastern New York today. Low pressure is forecast to move from the lower Great Lakes to near Toronto Ontario, Canada today. As this low pressure system weakens, a secondary area of low pressure is forecast to form over the mid Atlantic coast. This newly formed area of low pressure should be over southern New England by late in the afternoon today, and in the Gulf of Maine tonight. Although a fast moving system, it appears as if moisture from the Atlantic Ocean will be drawn into the system in sufficient enough quantity to give the Capital Region another light to moderate snowfall accumulation.

Capital Region Weather Examiner Daily Weather Slides 02/18/2014
Capital Region Weather Examiner Daily Weather Slides 02/18/2014
Capital Region Weather Examiner
Weather Channel Tuesday Morning Surface Weather Map

After this storm departs, another fast moving warm and cold front pair, tied to low pressure over east central Canada, will swing through the region during the day on Wednesday. Precipitation may start as a wet snow on Wednesday morning, though as temperatures rise above freezing, precipitation should transition to plain rain, and end by evening.

Weak high pressure builds into the region from the south on Thursday, promoting continued ‘warmth’ as temperatures remain above normal. A potent cold front will approach the region on Friday, with a brief surge of mild air ahead of it, before a return to more seasonable and unsettled conditions returns for the upcoming weekend.

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

Today: Periods of snow developing by afternoon. High in the lower 30’s. Southeast winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of snow is 100 percent. Accumulations of 3 to 6 inches by dark.

Tonight: Residual evening flurries diminishing early with decreasing clouds overnight. Low near 20. Northwest winds 5-10 MPH, shifting south after midnight.

Wednesday: Increasing clouds with a chance of snow showers in the morning. Periods of light rain during the afternoon. High near 40. Southeast winds 5-15 MPH. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. An inch or less of additional snow accumulation possible.

Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy to start. Decreasing clouds overnight. Becoming windy. Low near 25. West winds 15-25 MPH with some higher gusts possible at times.

Thursday: Partly sunny. High near 40. South to southwest winds 5-10 MPH.

Friday: A 40 percent chance of rain and snow. High near 45 and low near 25.

Saturday: Mostly sunny and breezy. High near 40 and low near 25.

Sunday: Partly sunny and windy with a 40 percent chance of rain and/or snow showers. High near 35 and low near 15.

Monday: Mostly sunny and windy. High near 30 and low near 15.

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