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Wintry weather visits the Capital Region thanks to stalled frontal boundary

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A moderately strong cold front was in the process of passing through the Capital Region early Friday morning. Rain showers were being experienced along and behind the frontal passage. Areas further north and west were beginning to see a changeover to either a wintry mix of snow and sleet, or just snow. Temperatures will start out the day near the 40 degree mark across the Capital Region, and should remain steady through the morning, before slowly falling through the 30’s during the afternoon as colder air funnels into the region behind the front.

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This evening, the cold front is forecast to stall to the south of our region. A wave of low pressure is then forecast to develop along the front. After a lull in precipitation for the late morning through early afternoon hours, another round of precipitation looks to initiate over the region during the late afternoon and evening hours. This bout of precipitation will likely begin as a wintry mix of snow, sleet, and perhaps a bit of freezing rain. Precipitation is forecast to change to all snow and persist through the overnight hours, before tapering off Saturday morning. Snowfall may amount to a few inches across the Capital Region, with areas to the west and north seeing a bit more. Winter Storm Watches have been issued for portions of the Mohawk and Schoharie Valley’s, where as much as 7 or more inches of snow may accumulate during this period.

High pressure builds into the region for Saturday, and lasts through the day Sunday, bringing fair and chilly weather to the region. The stalled frontal boundary mentioned above will remain to our south through this period, and begin lifting back northward once again by Sunday afternoon. Another wave of low pressure will lift northward, along the Atlantic coast, Sunday night and into Monday, bringing yet another threat for a wintry smorgasbord of precipitation to start out the first morning commute of the new work week.

A series of cold and blustery days looks to follow this system into the midweek period next week, along with progressively colder temperatures.

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

Today: Overcast with showers likely this morning. Remaining cloudy with a wintry mix of snow, sleet, and/or freezing rain developing once again during the afternoon. Early high in the lower 40’s, with temperatures dropping through the 30’s during the afternoon. Northwest winds 5-15 MPH. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. A dusting of snow, and potential light ice accumulation is possible later this afternoon.

Tonight: Overcast with periods of snow, sleet, and/or freezing rain changing to all snow before midnight. Low in the upper 20’s. Northwest winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. Snow accumulations of 3-5 inches possible with minor ice accumulation also possible.

Saturday: Residual morning snow showers possible. Becoming partly sunny by afternoon. High in the mid 30’s. Northwest winds 10-15 MPH. Chance of snow in the morning is 20 percent. Little if any additional snow accumulation expected.

Saturday Night: Variably cloud and chilly. Low near 20. Light northwest winds.

Sunday: Intervals of clouds and sunshine with increasing clouds late in the day. A slight chance of a snow shower late in the day. High near 30. Northwest winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of snow is 20 percent. Little if any additional snow accumulation expected.

Monday: Overcast with a 50 percent chance of snow, sleet, freezing rain and/or rain. High near 35 and low near 30.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny and windy with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. High near 30 and low near 15.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny and windy with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. High near 30 and low near 15.

Thursday: Mostly sunny and cold. High near 25 and low near 15.

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