A cold front, bringing in some colder Canadian air and snow flurries and showers to portions of the region this morning, will be to our south by afternoon. High pressure will build in to the area through the day today, and clear the skies out for the overnight hours tonight. Santa’s sled should be quite visible in the night sky tonight!
Clouds will increase on Christmas Day after a bright beginning as another fast moving cold front approaches the region from the Great Lakes. A few light snow showers or flurries may add to the Christmas ambiance during the afternoon and evening hours on Christmas, though no major accumulations are expected by any stretch.
The new work week will dawn bright and blustery, as the cold front passes east of the region, allowing Canadian high pressure to take control. This is a rather strong high pressure system and the difference in pressure between it, and the departing low pressure area will tighten the pressure gradient and increase the winds. Though temperatures may actually be a few degrees above normal Monday it certainly may not feel like it thanks to the winds driving wind chill equivalent temperatures into the teens and twenties.
Another fast moving low pressure system sends its warm and cold front pair through the region on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, bringing a renewed threat for rain, changing over to snow, showers.
Below is the forecast for the Albany, Schenectady, Troy area and vicinity…
Today: Morning clouds and scattered flurries giving way to brightening skies by afternoon. Chilly. High near 30. Northwest winds 5-10 MPH.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Low 15-20. Light south winds.
Christmas Day: Mostly sunny to start with increasing clouds by afternoon. A few flurries may be scattered about during the afternoon as well. High near 35. South wind 5-10 MPH.
Christmas Night: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of a snow shower or flurry. Low 25-30. South winds, shifting west at 5-10 MPH. Chance of snow is 20%. A dusting of snow accumulation is possible.
Monday: Mostly sunny and breezy. High in the mid to upper 30’s. Northwest winds 10-20 MPH.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of rain and/or snow showers. High near 40 and low near 25.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of snow showers. High near 35 and low near 25.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. High near 30 and low near 15.