Low pressure tracks north of region with scattered snow showers and light snow continuing

Today’s Weather Synopsis…

An area of low pressure will move across the northern parts of the region today as the cyclonic flow around a deep upper level trough will continue to produce numerous snow showers at times. In addition, an area of low pressure off the New England coast will pass just south and east of the region, but entrain some moisture along a trough of low pressure connecting the two systems. In the wake of the trough this afternoon, more scattered to widespread snow showers are expected with some embedded squalls possible as lake effect snow develops in a brisk northwesterly flow with some gusty winds.

Lake effect snow showers and squalls will continue into tonight and Thursday, mainly across western areas, but some parts of the bands could certainly make it into the Capital Region at times with some minor additional accumulations possible. Temperatures will turn colder as the week progresses with gusty winds persisting, but a bitter cold arctic air mass will arrive into the upcoming weekend after an arctic frontal passage on Friday night. This arctic air mass, the coldest of the season by far, will combine with gusty winds to bring dangerous to potentially life-threatening wind chills to all areas on Saturday as a strong and very cold area of high pressure builds south from Canada. By Sunday, winds will start to diminish slightly but it will remain very cold. Some slight moderation will begin late Sunday night into Monday as a southerly flow begins to develop with some snow showers returning to the forecast.

The Capital Region forecast for the next 48 hours…

• This Morning: Cloudy with snow showers and light snow likely.
Temperatures: 29° to 33°
Winds: South 5 mph.

• This Afternoon: Cloudy with a chance of scattered snow showers and perhaps a brief squall.
Temperatures: 35° to 39°
Winds: West 5-10 mph.

• Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a chance of scattered snow showers and perhaps a brief squall.
Temperatures: 19° to 23°
Winds: West 10-15 mph.

• Thursday: Mostly cloudy, becoming windy, and colder with a chance of scattered snow showers and perhaps a brief squall.
Temperatures: 23° to 27°
Winds: West 15-20 mph, gusting up to 35 mph.

• Thursday Night: Partly cloudy and very cold.
Temperatures: 7° to 11°
Winds: Northwest 10-15 mph.

A look ahead…

• Friday: Partly sunny with a slight chance of flurries or snow showers in the afternoon.
Temperatures: 25° to 29°
Winds: Southwest 10-15 mph.

• Saturday: Partly sunny, breezy, and very cold.
Temperatures: 10° to 14°
Winds: Northwest 10-15 mph, gusting up to 25 mph.

• Sunday: Partly sunny.
Temperatures: 11° to 15°
Winds: Northwest 10-15 mph.

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