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Snow showers, squalls, and windy weather with Arctic cold frontal passage today

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The next in the parade of weak clipper systems will approach the region, from the Great Lakes, today. As the system passes through the region this afternoon and evening, numerous snow showers and squalls will develop. Snow will be wind driven, causing reduced visibility and near white out conditions at times, especially this afternoon and early evening. A howling west wind will kick up during this time, gusting at times to near or over 35 MPH.

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The frontal system will clear the region this evening, allowing for skies to clear once again. Strong winds will eventually subside, and a stray flurry or snow shower may dot the landscape overnight. High pressure regains control of the weather once again for Friday, though it will be quite cold.

The next clipper system begins to move toward the region during the day on Saturday, passing through the area Saturday night. This will be complete with another chance for some snow shower and/or squall activity. This cold front looks to stall to our south Sunday morning, as a wave of low pressure forms along it over the southern plains. As the low pressure area moves east and northeast through Sunday night and into Monday, it may bring some snowfall to the Capital Region to open up the new work week.

Temperatures look to remain well below normal, while precipitation amounts average above normal, through the entire forecast period.

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

Today: Increasing clouds with snow showers and/or squalls developing. Becoming windy with areas of blowing snow at times this afternoon. High in the lower 20’s. South winds 5 to 15 MPH this morning, shifting west and increasing to 15 to 30 MPH with some higher gusts to near 40 MPH possible this afternoon. Chance of snow is 50 percent. Snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Tonight: A chance of snow showers and/or squalls during the evening. Otherwise, decreasing clouds and winds overnight. Low zero to 5 above zero. West winds 10 to 20 MPH with some higher gusts to near 25 MPH possible during the evening, diminishing to 5 to 15 MPH after midnight. Chance of snow is 30 percent. An additional coating of snow is possible. Wind chill temperatures of 5 to 15 below zero.

Friday: Mostly sunny and cold. High near 20. Northwest winds 5 to 10 MPH.

Friday Night: Mostly clear to start with increasing clouds late at night. Cold. Low near 5 above zero. South winds 5 to 10 MPH.

Saturday: Partly sunny with a chance of snow showers during the afternoon. High near 30. South winds 5 to 15 MPH. Chance of snow is 30 percent.

Sunday: Increasing clouds and breezy with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. High near 25 and low near 10.

Monday: A 50 percent chance of snow. High near 20 and low near 10.

Tuesday: Partly sunny. High near 20 and low near zero.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High near 25 and low near 10.

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Current Surface Weather Map
Weather Prediction Center (WPC) Surface Weather Map 48 hour loop forecast

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