A blast of Arctic air will be introduced to the region overnight tonight thanks to a strong cold front that will cross the region during the daylight hours today. Although this frontal system will be associated with scant amounts of precipitation, it will cause the winds to pick up and the temperatures to drop in its wake later this afternoon and evening. High pressure will briefly build into the region overnight tonight and Friday, providing some chilly conditions as well as mostly clear skies.
A warm front looks to cross the region overnight Friday and into Saturday morning. Chances for precipitation with this frontal boundary, once again, do not look all that promising tough a flurry cannot be ruled out and perhaps a brief snow shower. Despite the relative lack of precipitation, the airmass will moderate with respect to temperatures, and the weekend will begin on a breezy and relatively warmer note as highs may approach the 40 degree mark on Saturday.
Saturday's 'warmth' will be short lived as a stronger Arctic front, and defined punch of Arctic air, progress southward toward or region for Sunday. This push looks to commence on Sunday morning as the frontal boundary pushes through the region, with a bit of vigor. A better chance for some snow showers or squalls looks apparent with this system, along with strong and gusty northwesterly winds in its wake. In addition, temperatures will likely drop into the 20's during the daytime hours on Sunday, and with the gusty winds, wind chill equivalent temperatures would drop into the single numbers above zero.
...Below is the official forecast for the Capital Region and vicinity...
Today: Morning flurries giving way to intervals of clouds and sunshine for the afternoon. Becoming breezy. Early high in the mid 30's with temperatures dropping into the 20's during the afternoon. Northwest winds 10-20 MPH with some higher gusts possible at times.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low around 10 above zero. Light northwesterly winds.
Friday: Mostly sunny and cold. High in the mid 20's. Northwest winds 5-10 MPH.
Friday Night: Increasing clouds. Low near 20. Light southerly winds.
Saturday: Morning flurries followed by a mix of sun and clouds for the afternoon. Not as cold. High near 40. Southwest winds 5-10 MPH.
Sunday: A 40 percent chance of snow showers in the morning, otherwise turning blustery and colder with partial clearing during the afternoon. High near 35 and low near 15.
Monday: Mostly sunny, blustery, and cold. High near 20 and low near 5.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny and cold. High near 25 and low near 10.