High pressure will remain over the region this morning before moving off to our southeast this afternoon. A low pressure system, and associated frontal boundaries, will advance toward the region thereafter. As we head into the weekend, these frontal systems will evolve into a long and strung out stationary boundary that will drape itself from the Saint Lawrence Valley south and west to the central and southern Plains. Several ripples of low pressure will form along this boundary, bringing unsettled weather to the Capital Region for the bulk of the coming weekend.
The shortened holiday work week looks to begin on the cold side, as a strong cold front passes through the region late Sunday and into Monday morning. Chilly air will be reintroduced to the area on Monday with only slight moderation in temperatures through the Christmas holiday itself.
...Below is the official forecast for the Capital Region and vicinity...
Today: Increasing clouds. High 35-40. South winds 5-15 MPH.
Tonight: Cloudy. Low near 30. Light southwest winds.
Friday: Light snow and/or freezing rain developing early in the morning and transitioning to plain rain by afternoon. High near 45. South to southwest winds 5-15 MPH. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. Minor accumulations of snow and/or ice possible during the morning.
Friday Night: Periods of light rain and/or showers. Areas of dense fog possible. Low near 35. Light south winds. Chance of rain is 60 percent.
Saturday: Periods of rain, and areas of patchy fog. High in the mid 40’s. South winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of rain is 70 percent.
Sunday: Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of rain. Mild and windy. High near 50 and low near 40.
Monday: Mostly cloudy and breezy with a 40 percent chance of rain showers in the morning and snow showers during the afternoon. High near 45 and low near 20.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. High near 30 and low near 15.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High near 30 and low near 15.