A complex storm system will impact the Capital Region today, and while it will be slippery this morning with patchy freezing rain, most of the precipitation will have changed over to plain rain by mid-morning, which may become heavy at times this afternoon. A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 12 PM for the freezing rain, which will only accumulate to a tenth of an inch, but will be just enough to create a light glaze on roadways and sidewalks, so use extreme caution if travelling this morning. A high wind warning remains in effect for the western Adirondacks, Taconics, southern Green mountains in Vermont, and the Berkshires, where winds could gusts up to 60 mph later this afternoon.
Here is the complete forecast for Albany and the Capital Region of upstate New York:
TODAY – All freezing rain will eventually change over to plain rain by early afternoon across the region, as temperatures slowly rise above the freezing mark. The rain could be heavy at times later today, and with a partially frozen ground, most of the rain will be run-off, which could create some minor poor drainage flooding as well as rises on local rivers. A general 1 to 2 inches of rain is expected today with higher amounts in enhanced upslope areas. High temperatures will reach the mid 40’s as some warm and moisture rich air is transported northward off the Atlantic ahead of the storm system. Winds will also become strong this afternoon, gusting up to 30 mph in the valleys, and 60 mph in the higher elevations.
TONIGHT – Rain will continue overnight, as the strong southerly flow and moisture plume persists over the region. Low temperatures will only drop into the upper 30’s, across the Capital Region, with temperatures dropping by morning across western areas with cold air advection commencing behind the storm system. Winds will continue to be gusty, especially across the higher elevations.
MONDAY – The steady precipitation will shift east of the region by Monday morning, and cold air will gradually begin to build in. Some snow showers will be flying in western areas, with 1-2 inches of accumulation possible, mainly in the western Adirondacks. A few snow showers may even make it into the Capital Region by afternoon. High temperatures will be reached early in the day in the lower 40’s, with temperatures falling through the 30’s by evening.
OUTLOOK – On Tuesday, it will become blustery and cold as a frigid air mass settles into the region. Lake effect snow will begin across western areas and some snow showers will be possible across most of the Capital Region. No significant accumulation is expected. High temperatures will only reach the mid to upper 20’s. The frigid air mass will gradually moderate through the end of the week to more seasonable levels, but it will remain rather unsettled as lake effect activity continues, keeping periods of clouds and partial clearing with snow showers and flurries around. The pattern could become quite active by next weekend, but there is huge disagreement with the computer forecast models, so stay tuned!
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