Unseasonably warm temperatures continue to be the rule across the region. The winds slackened off overnight, however, cloud cover hung tough, and thus temperatures did not have much of an opportunity to drop. Along the same lines, satellite pictures indicate abundant cloud cover approaching the region from the south thanks to Hurricane Sandy, and back to the west, thanks to an encroaching cold front. These two systems will keep abundant cloud cover over the region through the weekend, though precipitation is not anticipated, for the most part, until Sunday night and Monday.
The center of hurricane Sandy is expected to remain well off the east Coast through the majority of the weekend. Meanwhile, the slow moving frontal system to our west makes very scant progress eastward. It is looking more likely that these two systems will incorporate, one into the other, as we open up the new work week. This will drag the center of sandy back to the northeast by Monday morning, and bring it inland by Tuesday morning, in the vicinity of the Mid Atlantic coast.
Conditions will become rainy and windy Monday and Tuesday, with strong and gusty winds expected as we head through the day on Monday, and especially on Tuesday as the actual low pressure center associated with Sandy comes on shore. Sandy is then forecast to backpedal into western New York on Wednesday, and then be swept briskly northeastward, away from our area by Thursday.
High pressure, and some chilly air, look to be introduced to the region by the end of the week and into the coming weekend.
..Below is the official forecast for the Capital Region and vicinity…
Today: Intervals of clouds and sunshine. Mild. High 65-70. Light southeasterly winds.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Low near 50. Light and variable winds.
Sunday: Lots of clouds with a chance of showers in the afternoon. High near 60. Northeast winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of rain is 30 percent.
Sunday Night: Overcast with showers developing late at night. Low near 50. Northerly winds 5-15 MPH. Chance of rain is 50 percent.
Monday: Cloudy and windy with periods of rain developing. High near 60. Northeast winds 15-30 MPH with some higher gusts possible. Chance of rain is 80 percent.
Tuesday: Cloudy and windy with a 90 percent chance of rain. High near 60 and low near 50.
Wednesday: Cloudy and breezy with a70 percent chance of rain and/or showers. High near 55 and low near 45.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. High near 55 and low near 40.
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