The National Weather Service in Albany, NY has issued a wind advisory for the Capital Region and vicinity, effective until 4PM on Sunday afternoon.
A vigorous cold front will pass through the Capital Region and vicinity this morning introducing Arctic air to the region through the day today. Gusty northwest winds, accompanied by a period of light rain, changing to snow, showers is on target to occur during the mid to late morning hours Sunday.
As the front pushes to our east, blustery northwest winds will drive chilly air into the region for the bulk of the day today. Sustained wind speeds between 15 & 30 MPH are forecast for this afternoon. Winds may gust as high has 40 MPH at times across portions of the region. West to east oriented valleys, such as the Mohawk Valley, may see some even higher gusts thanks to channeling and funneling effects. Temperatures will be falling through the 30's this afternoon, and with the gusty winds, wind chill values will be driven into the 5 to 15 degree above zero range.
Winds should abate by the evening, as the front will be well to the east of the region by that point in time, and the region will be in between this system and another approaching low pressure area that will impact the area later Monday and into Tuesday morning.
Those driving this afternoon and evening, especially those with high profile vehicles, should use caution as high winds can adversely effect control of such vehicles. Remember to dress appropriately for the cold weather. Several layers of clothing will retain body heat much more effectively than one loose, bulky garment. Scarves, hats, and gloves are also a good idea when venturing outside in cold weather such as that which will be experienced today in the wake of the Arctic frontal system.