Low pressure and warm front approach with wintry mix and freezing rain developing

Today’s Weather Synopsis…

An area of low pressure and associated warm front will approach the region this morning with a period of light and spotty wintry mix or freezing rain initially as some colder air holds on at the surface and warmer air moves in aloft. This could lead to some slick travel, particularly in northern and higher terrain areas and a Freezing Rain Advisory has been issued for the entire region. Precipitation will become more widespread later this afternoon and evening and could be a potpourri of wintry mix across the area. Eventually, lower elevations will change to plain rain into tonight, while a wintry mix of snow, sleet or freezing rain continues to fall in northern and higher terrain locations. The Freezing Rain Advisory could be ended early in some locations, but otherwise goes through early Wednesday morning.

The rain and wintry mix will taper to showers or some drizzle by daybreak Wednesday as an occluded front moves through, but an upper level trough will follow with a cyclonic flow developing and a few lingering showers of rain or snow possible. All precipitation will end by Wednesday night and with falling temperatures, some areas of black ice will be possible. An upper level ridge will then gradually build in with fair and milder weather through late week.

The Capital Region forecast for the next 48 hours…

• This Morning: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of snow, sleet or freezing rain.
Temperatures: 20° to 24°
Winds: Calm.

• This Afternoon: Cloudy with periods of rain showers likely, possibly mixing with snow or sleet at times.
High temperature: 34° to 38°
Winds: East 5-10 mph.

• Tonight: Cloudy with periods of rain likely, possibly mixing with sleet at times.
Low temperature: 33° to 37°
Winds: East 5-10 mph.

• Wednesday: Cloudy with a chance of rain in the morning, then mostly cloudy with a chance of rain and snow showers in the afternoon.
High temperature: 36° to 40°
Winds: Northeast 5-10 mph.

• Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain and snow showers in the evening.
Low temperature: 31° to 35°
Winds: West 5 mph.

A look ahead…

• Thursday: Mostly cloudy.
High temperatures: 40° to 44°
Winds: West 5-10 mph.

• Friday: Partly sunny.
High temperatures: 42° to 46°
Winds: South 5-10 mph.

• Saturday: Mostly cloudy.
High temperatures: 41° to 45°
Winds: Northwest 5-10 mph.

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