A persistent upper level trough will remain parked over the region today, along with a brisk westerly flow of air traversing over the Great Lakes. A lake effect snow advisory has been extended through 4 PM for western parts of the Capital Region, including Schoharie county, southern Herkimer county, western Greene county, and western Albany county. A strong area of low pressure will also move into northern Maine and southeastern Canada today, bringing heavy snow to northern New England and strong winds.
Here is the complete forecast for Albany and the Capital Region of upstate New York:
TODAY – Scattered lake effect snow showers will persist across the Capital Region today, with the greatest chance for accumulation in the eastern Catskills, western and central Mohawk valley, and western Adirondacks where additional accumulations of 1 to 3 inches will bring total snowfall accumulations up to 4 to 8 inches. Some upslope flow will also enhance the snowfall in the higher elevations. In the immediate Capital Region, a dusting to up to an inch is possible in some spots, before the band shifts back southward this afternoon. Winds will be quite strong today as the pressure gradient increases, gusting up to 30 mph at times and with high temperatures in the low to mid 30’s, wind chills will also be a factor.
TUESDAY – This weather system will begin to weaken by Monday night into Tuesday morning, but some leftover flurries and snow showers will still be around. Conditions will gradually dry out through Tuesday afternoon, but it will remain quite chilly with high temperatures in the mid 30’s and a strong west wind gusting up to 30 mph at times.
WEDNESDAY – A weak area of surface high pressure will gradually nudge into the region allowing drier conditions to prevail with partly sunny skies. The core of the cold air will be over the region as high temperatures will have a hard time getting out of the 20’s and with gusty winds up to 30 mph continuing, it will be a rather bitter and uncomfortable day to be outside.
OUTLOOK – Surface high pressure will dominate our weather on Thursday with bitter cold high temperatures in the upper 20’s. A clipper system will move across the Great Lakes and into the region on Friday and Friday night, bringing a chance of snow showers. A system organizing in the south will then move toward the region on Sunday, bringing a warmer flow of moisture with the possibility of some snow or wintry mix to start the work week. This will have to be monitored over the next several days as the potential is there for a large storm to re-develop off the east coast.
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