A large ocean storm near the Canadian maritimes will slowly begin to pull away today and lessen its influence on the Capital Region throughout the day. An area of high pressure will build into the region bringing dry conditions for Christmas, but a coastal storm will threaten by the end of the weekend with some impacts possible in the region.
Here is the complete forecast for Albany and the Capital Region of upstate New York:
TODAY – Early morning light snow showers and flurries will begin to taper off by early afternoon, leaving mostly cloudy skies and seasonable temperatures in the mid 30’s. Winds will also be gusty out of the northwest at 15 to 20 mph, with gusts up to 30 mph possible. Final snow amounts from the overnight event are expected to be around a coating to an inch in the Capital Region, with 2 to 5 inches in the higher terrain northeast of Albany and in southern Vermont. Weak high pressure will build into the area by tonight and dry things out.
- Here are some snow totals we received on our Facebook fan page so far this morning:
Cohoes – 1″
Glenmont – 0.5″
Latham – T
Queensbury – T (Flurries)
CHRISTMAS EVE – A sunny and pleasant winter day is in store for any last minute shoppers and also for Christmas travelers. High pressure will remain in control with a northerly flow of air cooling temperatures off a bit. High temperatures will be seasonably cold in the upper 20’s to around 30 degrees.
CHRISTMAS DAY – Another dry day is forecast for Christmas, but with clouds increasing throughout the day ahead of an upper level trough settling into the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley. High temperatures will once again reach seasonable levels in the upper 20’s to lower 30’s. All attention will then shift to a developing coastal storm to end the weekend.
OUTLOOK – Some light snow looks to develop associated with the trough ahead of the surface low pressure early on Sunday, but the main storm will not affect the region until Sunday night and into Monday. There is still some disagreement with model guidance as far as the track of the system, but it should become more clear by this afternoon. The thinking right now is that the heaviest snow will fall over southeastern New England and portions of the mid-Atlantic coast. Here in the Capital Region, it is looking like we will only get brushed by the system with a light to potentially moderate snowfall, especially in southern and eastern parts of the region. It will also become quite cold and windy as the storm approaches and bombs out off the New England coast. High temperatures will be in the mid 20’s on Monday. In the wake of the storm, it will warm up into the middle of next week as high temperatures approach the middle 30’s.
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