A slow moving low pressure system will approach the region today with a morning wintry mix changing to rain, which could become heavy at times. It will continue to be rather wet and unsettled into Friday and even the weekend.
- A Flood Watch remains in effect for the entire region through Friday afternoon. The combination of 1 to 3 inches of rain, snow melt due to warmer temperatures, poor drainage from blocked storm drains, and lack of infiltration due to a frozen ground could result in widespread flooding. Ice jams may also develop on local rivers due to snow melt and heavy rainfall accumulations.
Here is the complete forecast for Albany and the Capital Region of upstate New York:
TODAY – A wintry mix of snow, sleet, and rain will transition over to plain rain for the entire region from south to north through mid-morning. Rain could become heavy this afternoon with flooding problems worsening throughout the day. There could even be a rumble of thunder by this evening. High temperatures will warm into the lower 40’s with an east to southeast wind at 15 to 20 mph, gusting as high as 35 mph.
FRIDAY – Heavy rain looks to continue through the morning hours as a deep moisture fetch off the Atlantic ushers in copious amounts of moisture. During the afternoon, the rain will gradually become more showery and even taper off in a few spots. High temperatures will warm into the lower 50’s as the region moves into the warm sector.
SATURDAY – The upper level energy will follow the storm system with unsettled weather continuing and a chance of rain and snow showers in the forecast. High temperatures will cool off a bit in the mid 40’s with a west wind at 10 to 15 mph. In areas that remain dry, skies will be mostly cloudy.
OUTLOOK – Another weak wave of low pressure will slide southeast into the region on Sunday with more scattered rain and snow showers, especially north and west of Albany. All other areas will remain mostly cloudy with high temperatures in the mid 40’s. High pressure will then build in behind a cold front late Sunday and into the new workweek. Skies will remain sunny with cooler temperatures in the mid 30’s to low 40’s. It will also become rather breezy as a tight pressure gradient develops across the region. A storm system will then begin to develop in the southeastern states and possibly take a run at the northeast by the end of the week…stay tuned!
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