A slow moving warm front will lift north of the region today with low clouds and fog gradually giving way to breezy conditions and milder temperatures. A strong cold front will then approach this evening and move through during the night, bringing a round of heavy rain and strong winds, and perhaps a thunderstorm. Some localized flooding is possible. Colder and breezy conditions will return for Thursday and Friday with lake effect snow in western areas possibly reaching into the Capital Region with some flurries and snow showers.
- A Flood Watch is in effect for the entire region from 3 p.m. this afternoon through Thursday afternoon. A cold front will bring 1 to 2 inches of rainfall (locally up to 3 inches) to the region and the combination of warm temperatures, snow/ice melt, and a frozen ground may lead to localized small stream flooding, mud slides, ice jams, and basement flooding, and poor drainage/urban area flooding. The best chance for flooding looks to be tonight into Thursday.
- A High Wind Watch is in effect for the entire region from 3 p.m. this afternoon through Thursday afternoon. Strong and possibly damaging winds will be possible late today into this evening associated with downpours ahead of a cold front. Strong southerly winds, becoming west after the frontal passage, at 20 to 35 mph with gusts to 60 mph, especially over the higher terrain, may bring down trees and limbs and cause power outages.
Here is the exclusive Capital Region forecast from the Albany Weather Examiner:
- The next 48 hours…
Today – Cloudy with patchy fog this morning, then becoming breezy and very mild with rain showers likely this afternoon. Near record high temperatures possible. High 53-57. Winds south between 15 and 20 mph, gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of rain 80 percent.
Normal High/Low: 31° / 15°
Tonight – Cloudy and windy with rain showers likely and a thunderstorm possible. The rain could be heavy at times with some areas of flooding. Low 43-47. Winds south between 20 and 25 mph, gusting up to 45 mph. Chance of precipitation near 100 percent.
Thursday – Mostly cloudy, windy, and turning colder with rain likely in the morning, then a chance of snow showers in the afternoon. High 44-48. Winds west between 25 and 30 mph, gusting up to 50 mph. Chance of precipitation 70 percent.
Thursday Night – Mostly cloudy and breezy with a chance of snow showers. Low 18-22. Winds west between 15 and 20 mph, gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of snow 30 percent.
- The extended forecast…
Friday – Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of flurries or snow showers. High 25-29. Winds west between 15 and 20 mph, gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of snow 20 percent.
Saturday – Mostly cloudy. Low 13-17. High 26-30.
Sunday – Cloudy with a chance of snow showers. Low 15-19. High 29-33. Chance of snow 50 percent.
Monday – Partly sunny. Low 13-17. High 25-29.
Tuesday – Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow showers. Low 16-20. High 29-33. Chance of snow 30 percent.
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