The weather pattern across not only the Capital Region, but the majority of the continental United States east of the Mississippi River, is one which features a fast moving mid and upper level flow. This flow will serve not only to send several low pressure disturbances through the region over the period leading up to the Christmas holiday, but also to keep temperatures from getting too cold. In fact, with winter officially underway with the passing of the winter solstice yesterday, temperatures over the next day or two will not reflect the calendar, particularly during the daytime hours.
As for precipitation threats, one system which impacted the region yesterday, has moved to our northeast and is over the Canadian Maritime provinces this morning. Our weather will be influenced by two turbulent weather makers over the next 24 to 48 hours. The first being an Arctic cold front that will slowly press southward from the central Canada, and the second being a developing low pressure system over central Texas early this morning. The Texas low pressure area will move quickly north and east to be situated southeast of Cape Cod by Friday morning. This looks to bring another round of rain and showers to the region overnight tonight. Temperatures may drop to or below the freezing mark across the region overnight tonight, particularly in the higher elevations, and thus some snowfall accumulation is possible.
High pressure noses into the region during the day Friday and into the evening hours. This high pressure looks to last through Saturday. Christmas day looks to dawn with a bit of a chill to the air. The Arctic front mentioned above will continue it’s slow yet steady journey toward the region and looks to pass through on Christmas day, bringing a chance for some light snow to the region. It does not look as though anything too serious will be in the offing as far as accumulations though.
Below is the forecast for the Albany, Schenectady, Troy area and vicinity…
Today: Partly sunny and mild with above normal temperatures. High 45-50. Northwesterly winds 5-15 MPH.
Tonight: Cloudy with periods of rain and showers developing in the evening. Rain may mix with and change over to snow after midnight. Low 30-35. Light northerly winds. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Snow accumulations of 1-3 inches are possible.
Friday: Morning snow showers and flurries possible. Decreasing clouds by afternoon. High near 40. Northwest winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of precipitation in the morning is 60%. Little if any additional snow accumulation expected.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy and chilly. Low near 20. Northwest winds 5-10 MPH.
Christmas Eve: Mostly sunny. High near 35. Light northwest winds.
Christmas Day: Partly cloudy with a 30% chance of light snow. High near 35 and low near 25.
Monday: Partly sunny with a 30% chance of light snow. High near 35 and low near 25.