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Work week starts messy as low pressure systems bring wintry mix of precipitation

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A series of low pressure systems, one over the Great Lakes, and the other off the Atlantic coast, will bring a light mixed bag of wintry precipitation to the region today. Winter weather advisories remain in effect through the morning hours on Monday for the region as light snow will transition to a mix of sleet and freezing rain gradually this morning. The first morning commute of the new work week is likely to be a bit on difficult side. Precipitation should change to all rain later today, as above freezing temperatures work their way into the area.

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The system clears the region by this evening, followed by a briskly moving cold front on Tuesday. This weather maker will bring with it the chance for some light snow showers, though nothing major is expected. Meanwhile, an Arctic cold front will swoop into the upper Midwest around this time frame as well. The low pressure area associated with the Arctic boundary will move east quickly, and send the cold front through our region during the afternoon and evening hours on Wednesday. A better chance of snow showers occurs with this front’s passage. In addition, a blustery chill will be felt behind the front as we head into the later portions of the work week and into the coming weekend.

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

Today: A mix of snow, sleet, and/or freezing drizzle this morning changing over to rain showers and drizzle by afternoon. High near 40. South to southeast winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. A dusting of additional snow accumulation possible, with light icing accumulation possible this morning.

Tonight: Variably cloudy. Low 25-30. West winds 10-15 MPH.

Tuesday: Partly sunny and breezy with a chance of snow showers. High 30-35. Northwest winds 10-20 MPH with some higher gusts to near 25 MPH possible at times. Chance of snow is 50 percent. An inch or less of snow accumulation is possible.

Tuesday Night: Decreasing clouds. Low 15-20. West to southwest winds 5-10 MPH.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny to start with some increasing afternoon clouds. Breezy. A chance of snow showers once again during the afternoon. High 25-30. Southwest winds, shifting west and increasing to 15-25 MPH with higher gusts possible, especially during the afternoon. Chance of snow is 30 percent. A dusting to an inch of additional snow accumulation possible in persistent snow shower activity.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, blustery and cold. High near 25 and low near 10.

Friday: Mostly sunny and cold. High near 25 and low near 10.

Saturday: Overcast with a 40 percent chance of snow showers. High near 30 and low near 20.

Sunday: Partly sunny and blustery with a 20 percent chance of snow showers. High near 30 and low near 10.

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