A weak cold front, and associated low pressure system, will remain north of the region through the day today before slowly loosing frontal characteristics by this afternoon. A few widely scattered snow flurries or showers remain possible across the Capital Region this morning, though the bulk of any activity should stay well to our north and west.
High pressure builds into the region overnight tonight, and lasts through the first half of Thursday. Winter’s chill will be felt Thursday morning as temperatures plummet tonight. Overnight lows are anticipated to be in the single numbers above zero across the region, with some lower values possible in the rural areas and higher elevations.
Clouds will begin to increase by Thursday afternoon as a complex weather situation begins to evolve over the center of the nation. Low pressure, forecast to come ashore over the Pacific northwest today, will track quickly to the center of the nation by Thursday morning and to the southern Corn Belt by Thursday evening. At the same time, a moisture laden low pressure area looks to be developing over the Gulf Coast states, heading toward to the South Carolina coast.
For the last few days, indications have pointed favorably toward a merging of these two low pressure areas in the area between the southern New England coast, and the Delmarva Peninsula. Should this occur, the Capital Region may be seeing a rather respectable snowfall beginning overnight on Thursday and lasting through the day Friday. Stay tuned for later statements and forecasts.
...Below is the official forecast for the Capital Region and vicinity...
Today: Morning flurries giving way to a mix of sun and clouds for the afternoon. High in the lower 30’s. Northwest winds 5-15 MPH.
Tonight: Mostly clear and frigid. Low near 5 above zero. Light northerly winds.
Thursday: Mostly sunny to start with increasing, thickening, and lowering clouds during the afternoon. High 20-25. Light east winds.
Thursday Night: Cloudy with periods of light to moderate snowfall developing. Low near 20. Easterly winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of snow is 70 percent. 1-3 inches of snow accumulation is possible by morning.
Friday: Periods of snow, heavy at times during the morning. Snow diminishing to snow showers and flurries by late in the day. High 30-35. Northeast winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of snow is 90 percent. Significant snow accumulation is possible.
Saturday: A 30 percent chance of morning snow showers. Otherwise a mix of sun and clouds for the afternoon. High near 25 and low near 15.
Sunday: Mostly sunny. High near 30 and low near 20.
Monday: A 50 percent chance of rain and/or snow. High near 35 and low near 25.