A weakening cold front will lose its frontal characteristics as it attempts to move southward from the Northern New York and Canada border this morning. A few snow flurries and showers appear to be all it will be able to muster, and these should be on the decrease as the day wares on and high pressure becomes the dominant weather feature over the Northeastern United States.
High pressure will center itself over the region tonight, and bring a calm and cold night to the region before moving north and east of the region by Wednesday morning. At the same time, a major and complex low pressure area will begin to organize over the upper Midwest. This system is forecast to track into the upper Great Lakes by Wednesday evening, and a secondary coastal low pressure is forecast to develop.
It looks as if the Capital Region stands to see a decent amount of precipitation from this system, although it is quite difficult to discern exactly what type of precipitation will win out. At this point in time, it looks as if a messy mix of precipitation will fall. Some guidance does suggest that a potentially significant snowfall may be on the way for the region, in addition to some icy conditions on Thursday.
Winter Storm Watches have been issued by the National Weather Service for the entire region from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday evening. Details are still being worked out as to exact type of precipitation and accumulation of any frozen precipitation. Stay tuned for later updates!
Below is the forecast for the Albany, Schenectady, Troy area and vicinity…
**NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 12 NOON WEDNSDAY UNTIL 6PM EST THURSDAY FOR THE CAPITAL REGION AND VICINITY**
Today: Mostly sunny and breezy. A scattered flurry is possible in the morning. High near 40. Northwest winds 10-20 MPH with some higher gusts to near 30 MPH at times.
Tonight: Mostly clear to start with increasing clouds after midnight. Low near 20. Light & variable winds.
Wednesday: Increasing, thickening, and lowering clouds with periods of rain and/or snow developing during the afternoon. High in the mid 30’s. Southeast winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Wednesday Night: A wintry mix of snow, sleet, freezing rain, and/or rain likely. Low near 30. East winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Light to moderate accumulations of ice and/or snow possible.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy with a wintry mix of snow, sleet, freezing rain expected. High near 40. East winds, shifting northwest late in the day at 5-10 MPH. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Additional light to moderate accumulation of ice and/or snow possible.
Friday: Partly sunny. High near 45 and low near 30.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of rain showers. High near 45 and low near 35.
Sunday: Mostly sunny. High near 40 and low near 25.