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Winter storm departs leaving bitterly cold airmass over the Capital Region

Some of the coldest air of the season, and for that matter, the past couple years, looks to be over the Capital Region today and tonight. After the snowfall of the past 24 hours, skies will slowly clear today as the system responsible for the snowfall exits to our east. It will be a bone-chilling day today as temperatures struggle to make it above zero over the Capital Region. This will be combined with a gusty, at times, northwesterly wind. With such low temperatures, the gusty winds may drive wind chill temperatures to dangerous levels region wide through the day today.

Capital Region Weather Examiner Daily Weather Slides 01/03/2014
Capital Region Weather Examiner Daily Weather Slides 01/03/2014
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Weather Channel Friday Morning Surface Weather Map

The winds should slacken off this evening, though not becoming totally calm, and this along with a fresh snow pack, and a cold dome of high pressure building into the region, will send temperatures plummeting below zero. Portions of the Adirondacks may see readings dip as low as 20 to 30 below zero to start out Saturday morning. The Capital Region does not appear to get that cold, however, starting out Saturday morning below zero looks to be a safe bet.

Temperatures begin a slow moderating trend on Saturday, as the high pressure area moves off to the east, allowing for a return southerly flow to initiate over the area. It will still be very chilly though, as daytime high temperatures are still likely to be running a good 15 to 20 degrees below normal.

The temperature moderation, though tempered, continues through the weekend, however, another storm system looks to approach the region from the center of the Nation, on Sunday. Unlike the previous system, a coastal development does not appear likely, and the low pressure area looks to remain well inland, tracking from the southern plains Saturday night, to the Saint Lawrence River Valley by Monday. This will keep our region on the ‘warmer’ side of the storm, thus promoting more of a snow changing to wintry mix scenario for the region for the time frame Sunday afternoon to Monday morning. Stay tuned for further details on this storm as they become available.

Another surge of Arctic air looks to follow the weekend storm, for the new work week. In addition, the track of this storm looks to be one favorable for the development of significant lake effect snow activity in its wake, some of which may penetrate southwestward toward to the Capital Region into the early portions of the new work week, along with blustery winds.

...Below is the official forecast for the Capital Region and vicinity...

**National Weather Service Wind Chill Advisory In Effect Through 9 AM EST Saturday**

Today: Morning snow flurries diminishing. Otherwise, partly to mostly sunny, breezy, and bitterly cold. High near 5 above zero. Northwest winds 10-20 MPH with some higher gusts to near 25 MPH possible at times. Dangerously cold wind chill temperatures between 15 and 30 below zero. Little if any additional snow accumulation.

Tonight: Partly cloudy and bitterly cold. Low near 10 below zero. Variable winds 5-10 MPH. Wind chill temperatures between 15 and 25 below zero.

Saturday: Mostly sunny and breezy. Very cold. High 15-20. South winds 10-15 MPH.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy. Low near 5 above zero. Light southerly winds.

Sunday: Increasing clouds with a chance of light snow late in the day. High near 30. South winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of snow is 30 percent.

Monday: A 60 percent chance of snow, sleet, freezing rain, and/or rain. High near 30 and low near 5.

Tuesday: Partly sunny, windy, and bitter cold with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. High near 15 and low near 5.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, windy, and very cold. High near 20 and low near 10.

Thursday: Partly sunny. High near 25 and low near 10.

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