The strong area of low pressure that impacted the Capital Region on Sunday will move north into Canada today, bringing a much colder air mass and blustery conditions with scattered snow showers. A new storm will develop over the ocean on Tuesday and retrograde into northern Maine and southeastern Canada on Wednesday. A winter weather advisory has been issued for the southern Adirondacks and southern Green mountains of Vermont from 1 PM this afternoon through Tuesday morning for occasional snow that will accumulate 3 to 6 inches, causing snow covered roads and poor driving conditions.
Here is the complete forecast for Albany and the Capital Region of upstate New York:
TODAY – Cold air will filter into the region today with temperatures dropping through the 30’s this afternoon. Scattered rain showers will transition over to rain showers in the Capital Region, with little snow accumulation expected. A west wind from 10 to 15 mph will keep lake effect snow going in western and central New York, where significant accumulations are expected.
TONIGHT – Widespread snow showers will occur with an inch or so possible in the immediate Capital Region and higher amounts in the southern Adirondacks and souther Vermont. Lake effect and enhanced snow will sneak into western parts of the area as well, with accumulation continuing there. Low temperatures will drop into the teens, and it will be slick if you are out travelling tonight, so use caution on the roads.
TUESDAY – Snow showers will continue into the morning hours on Tuesday, but should begin to wind down and become more scattered by midday as the upper level energy slides east of the region. High temperatures will reach the low 20’s with a west wind at 10 to 15 mph and cloudy skies. Any additional accumulation in the morning should be less than an inch.
OUTLOOK – As the upper level energy slides offshore, an area of low pressure will form offshore and then retrograde into northern Maine and southeastern Canada. A few lake effect snow showers many be enhanced enough to reach the Capital Region on Wednesday, with high temperatures reaching the low to mid 20’s. Lake effect activity will continue to affect portions of western and central New York as well, but should wind down by Thursday evening as a surface high pressure moves in to end the workweek.
Computer forecast models have been hinting at the next storm developing off the east coast by late Saturday and into Sunday, but they have not been consistent. A large trough will be in place, so conditions will be favorable for a large coastal storm to develop. We will have plenty of time to watch this and the trend of the models will be important…stay tuned!
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