A complex and powerful area of low pressure will track from Western New York this morning, north and east and up the Saint Lawrence Valley through the afternoon hours, to be located in the vicinity of the Gulf of Maine by this evening. As this system advances north and east through the day the Capital Region will see off and on periods of rain, at least through the morning hours. Later this afternoon, as the low pressure area slides to our east, winds will shift to the west and northwest and become gusty. Despite the strong winds, temperatures are not expected to fall that much.
High pressure will slowly build into the region through the overnight hours tonight, and into the day on Saturday. Another fast moving system, tied to the northern branch of the jet stream, will make a run at the region late in the day on Saturday and Saturday evening. This system looks to be rather devoid of significant moisture and thus a few flurries and an increase in clouds look to be all it should produce.
As we close out the weekend and move into the new work week, a fast moving and energetic upper air pattern looks to set up. This will bring several fast moving systems through the region. At this point, nothing looks to be that significant as far as precipitation production. As far as temperatures are concerned, they should remain near to slightly above normal.
Below is the forecast for the Albany, Schenectady, Troy area and vicinity…
Today: Periods of rain and showers tapering off by afternoon. A few peeks of sunshine in the afternoon, and becoming breezy. Highs 40-45. Winds south at 5-10 MPH this morning, shifting northwest and increasing to 10-20 MPH with higher gusts to near 30 MPH possible later this afternoon. Chance of rain this morning is 100%.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy to start, with decreasing clouds overnight. Lows 25-30. Northwest winds 5-15 MPH.
Saturday: Intervals of clouds and sunshine. Highs near 40. Winds northwest 5-10 MPH.
Saturday Night: Variably cloudy and breezy with a chance of a flurry or snow shower. Low near 25. Northwest winds 10-20 MPH. Chance of snow is 20%. Little if any snow accumulation is expected.
Sunday: Mostly sunny and breezy. High 35-40. West winds 10-20 MPH.
Monday: Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of snow showers. High near 35 and low near 25.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. High near 40 and low near 25.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of rain and/or snow showers. High near 40 and low near 30.