The large and powerful storm that brought a wintry mix of precipitation to the region yesterday is over the Gulf of Maine early this morning. The storm will continue to move into the Canadian Maritimes through the day today. Some light snows on the backside of this system will remain over the Capital Region this morning, tapering off by afternoon. Lots of clouds will remain for the majority of the day, with perhaps a few peaks of sun at times.
The two main issues with today’s outlook include cold temperatures and strong winds. Gusty northwest winds, which may exceed 35 MPH at times, will combine with temperatures barely making the 20’s today, to drive wind chill equivalent temperatures to near to slightly below zero across the region.
High pressure builds into the region tonight, clearing the skies and relaxing the tight pressure gradient that was the cause of the strong winds. Temperatures will drop into the single numbers, above zero, across the Capital Region overnight. Areas to the north and west, that saw greater snow accumulations with the previous storm, may start out Friday below zero.
As the high pressure area moves to our southeast on Friday, a southerly component to the low level winds will bring moderating temperatures to the region to close out the work week and head into the weekend. With the ‘warmth’ will come a chance for additional precipitation by late Friday and into Saturday as a warm front, tied to low pressure over the Canadian border, rushes eastward and crosses the region. This is followed by two cold fronts, the first one set to cross the region during the day Saturday, and a second one late Saturday and early Sunday morning. Temperatures will spike into the 40’s to near 50 in spots on Saturday in advance of the cold fronts. This is followed by high pressure to close out the weekend and start the new work week.
...Below is the official forecast for the Capital Region and vicinity...
Today: Light snow and flurries likely this morning before tapering off by afternoon. Intervals of clouds and sunshine this afternoon. Windy and very cold. High near 20. Northwest winds 15 to 30 MPH with gusts to near 35 MPH possible at times. Chance of snow in the morning is 70 percent. Additional snow accumulations of an inch or less. Wind chill temperatures near zero.
Tonight: Mostly clear and cold. Low near 5 above zero. Northwest winds 5 to 15 MPH early, becoming light overnight. Wind chill temperatures zero to 10 below zero.
Friday: Mostly sunny. High in the mid 30’s. South winds 5 to 15 MPH.
Friday Night: Variably cloudy. Low in the upper 20’s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 MPH.
Saturday: Intervals of clouds and sunshine with a chance of rain and/or snow showers. High in the mid 40’s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 MPH. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.
Sunday: Mostly sunny and windy. High near 30 and low near 10.
Monday: Mostly sunny. High near 30 and low near 15.
Tuesday: Increasing clouds with a 30 percent chance of afternoon rain and/or snow showers possible. High near 40 and low near 30.
Wednesday: A 40 percent chance of rain and snow. High near 45 and low near 25.