A weak area of high pressure will remain over the Capital Region today as the area of low pressure to our east remains offshore. Some moisture will be thrown back onshore in the form on light snow late Tuesday into Wednesday as a piece of energy and associated warm front rotates around the low. Still watching a potential coastal storm around Christmas weekend. Are you finished with your Christmas shopping yet? If not, has the weather been cooperating with your shopping plans? Sound off below this article in the comments section.
Here is the complete forecast for Albany and the Capital Region of upstate New York:
TODAY – A weakening trough in western New York and a coastal storm off the northeast coast will keep mostly cloudy skies in place this morning. Some early morning freezing fog and freezing mist will create a few slick spots, but that should burn off by Noon. Skies will attempt to become partly sunny this afternoon, especially across southern areas. High temperatures will reach the lower 30’s with a north wind at 5 to 10 mph.
TUESDAY – The coastal storm off the northeast coast will finally begin to impact our region on Tuesday as a trowal, or trough of warm air aloft, develops off the occluded low and spreads some light and spotty snow showers into the Capital Region and upstate New York. No significant accumulation is expected other than a light coating in a few places with high temperatures reaching the upper 20’s to lower 30’s.
WEDNESDAY – Some more light and spotty snow showers look to continue, but it will gradually taper off as the day progresses. High temperatures will be slightly warmer as some ocean air gets pushed into the region with high’s in the lower to mid 30’s.
OUTLOOK – Tranquil and dry weather will return on Thursday and last through Christmas Eve. A chilly north-northwesterly flow will keep temperatures cold and slightly below normal in the upper 20’s. Into Christmas Day, a significant storm system coming out of the Tennessee Valley will try to re-develop off the mid-Atlantic coast and move northward into Sunday. As of right now, the computer forecast models are not in agreement on a track for this system, but there is a significant potential for a winter storm in the Capital Region. It appears that phasing of the northern and southern streams of the jets could occur which would be in our favor for significant snow accumulation. There is still plenty of time to watch this and monitor the trend of the computer models…stay tuned!
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