The upper air pattern over the eastern half of the United States is forecast to be semi-zonal, or west-to-east, through the coming days. In short, this will mean that systems which impact the region will be fast moving, and have little time to produce crippling precipitation amounts. In fact, most of the systems forecast to visit the region during the coming week appear to be quite deprived of moisture, and thus, light precipitation appears to be the best that any one of them would be able to offer. In addition, this fast flow will not allow for the truly “cold” air locked up in Canada to infiltrate too far south.
High pressure, currently over the Capital Region this morning, will quickly move eastward and out to sea by afternoon. This will allow the first in the series of weak systems to approach the region by nightfall tonight. Aside from a few flurries, an increase in clouds, and a shift in wind direction to the west, this system looks to pass through relatively unnoticed. A secondary cold front passes through the region early Sunday morning, but once again, little if any appreciable precipitation looks to fall as result. It will be a brisk overnight period tonight as the first front passes. The breeze looks to persist into Sunday, though speeds may decrease by afternoon as transient high pressure takes hold.
The new work week will feature several systems impacting the region, with similar weather to those that are forecast to effect the area this weekend. The systems appear to be about 18 to 24 hours apart. Temperatures will remain near to slightly above normal, and precipitation looks to remain below normal through the period.
Below is the forecast for the Albany, Schenectady, Troy area and vicinity…
Today: Intervals of clouds and sunshine with a chance of a flurry or two during the afternoon. High 40-45. Southwest winds 5-10 MPH.
Tonight: Breezy with a scattered flurry or snow shower possible before midnight. Decreasing clouds after midnight. Lows in the mid 20’s. Southwest winds 5-10 MPH early, shifting northwest and increasing to 10-20 MPH and gusty at times. Little if any snow accumulation is expected.
Sunday: Mostly sunny and breezy. High near 40. Northwest winds 10-20 MPH.
Sunday Night: Increasing clouds with a chance of snow showers. Lows near 25. Southwest winds 5-10 MPH, shifting west after midnight and increasing to 10-20 MPH. Chance of snow is 30%. An inch or less of snow accumulation is possible.
Monday: Morning clouds and perhaps a flurry or snow shower giving way to increasing sunshine by afternoon. Breezy. High near 35. Northwest winds 10-20 MPH.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance rain and/or snow. High near 40 and low near 25.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of rain and/or snow showers. High near 40 and low near 30.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy. High near 45 and low near 30.