A cold front that passed through the Capital Region Wednesday evening wouldn't have been noticed by many if not for the stiff breeze it kicked up. This front was well south and east of the area this morning, however, the winds continue to be on the brisk side this morning, and are expected to remain that way through the morning hours, tapering off as we head into the afternoon and high pressure builds in from the southwest.
High pressure will remain control of the weather overnight tonight as a major storm system tracks northward from a position over eastern Texas this morning. The position of strong high pressure to our south, and eventually southeast, through the weekend, will allow for a few things to occur.
- Southerly flow in the low levels will persist into the weekend over the Capital Region, allowing for a slow but steady moderation in temperatures.
- Steadier and heavier precipitation from the storm system will have difficulty advancing into our region thanks to the orientation of the surface high pressure area. The storm is forecast to track into the upper Great Lakes by Saturday, keeping our region in an area more likely to see lighter precipitation of the liquid variety thanks to temperatures that are forecast to be above freezing, even during the overnight periods.
A series of low pressure areas look to advance upon the region to start the new work week. By the middle portion of next week, a strong cold front looks to pass through the area and a southward ooze of Arctic air may invade the region by the end of next week. Enjoy the relative warmth!
...Below is the official forecast for the Capital Region and vicinity...
Today: Clouds mixing with sunshine and breezy. High near 40. Northwest winds 10-20 MPH with some higher gusts to near 30 MPH this morning. Winds should diminish to 5-15 MPH this afternoon, from the same direction.
Tonight: Mostly clear to start with some increasing clouds late at night. Low 20-25. Light and variable winds.
Friday: Increasing, thickening, and lowering clouds with a chance of showers during the afternoon. High near 40. Southeast winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of rain is 40 percent.
Friday Night: Overcast with periods of light rain. Low near 35. Light south winds. Chance of rain is 80 percent.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of light rain showers. High in the mid 40's. Light southerly winds. Chance of rain is 40 percent.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy and mild with a 40 percent chance of rain showers. High near 50 and low near 35.
Monday: Cloudy with a chance of rain and/or snow showers. High near 45 and low near 35.
Tuesday: Cloudy with a chance of rain and/or snow showers. High near 40 and low near 25.