A powerful coastal storm, more reminiscent of a winter time nor’easter, will remain stationary in the vicinity of the eastern New England coast through Sunday morning. The flow around this massive storm will bring a raw, wind-whipped at times, rainfall to the region through this time period. The rain should be of a steady nature, and light to moderate in intensity for the most part, helping to further mitigate the drought concerns of a few weeks ago. Brisk northerly to northwesterly winds will add to the chill over the region, gusting at times to over 35 MPH. As if this was not enough, some of the higher elevations, above 1,500 feet, may see some sleet or wet snowfall mix in at times, especially tonight as temperatures cool.
The storm system will gradually pull away during the day on Sunday, allowing for gradual improvement, from southwest to northeast, during the daytime hours. In fact, the sun may make an appearance during the afternoon hours and warm the region into the 50’s and lower 60’s, still well below normal for this time of year. The gusty winds looks to persist tomorrow as the region remains in between the coastal storm, and incoming high pressure over the Ohio valley, keeping the pressure gradient quite tight over the area. High pressure gains the upper hand, and builds into the region on the Memorial Day holiday. A mix of sun and clouds is forecast, with temperatures moderating to seasonable levels.
The high pressure area strengthens, and the trough in place over the region for the past week is replaced by the building ridge through the coming week. This will spell a continuous trend of higher maximum temperatures through the coming work week. Some showers and thunderstorms, associated with a warm front, are possible on Wednesday and Thursday, as the warmer air floods into the region. The ridge of high pressure sets up shop to our southeast, allowing a southwesterly flow of very mild air into our region to close the work week and head into next weekend.
..Below is the official forecast for the Capital Region and vicinity…
Today: Overcast, windy, and raw with occasional rain and showers. High 45-50. Northerly winds 15-25 MPH with some higher gusts to near 35 MPH possible at times. Chance of rain is 100 percent.
Tonight: Periods of rain and showers, windy, and raw. Low near 40. Northwest winds 15-25 MPH with some higher gusts to near 35 MPH possible at times. Chance of rain is 80 percent.
Sunday: Lots of clouds with showers possible during the morning. Intervals of clouds and sunshine during the afternoon. Continued windy. High near 60. Northwest winds 15-30 MPH with some higher gusts possible at times. Chance of rain is 50 percent.
Sunday Night: Decreasing clouds and winds. Low near 40. West winds 5-10 MPH early, becoming light overnight.
Memorial Day: Mostly sunny, breezy, and seasonably mild. High near 70. West winds 10-20 MPH with some higher gusts at times.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. High near 75 and low near 55.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny and mild with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. High near 80 and low near 60.
Thursday: Mostly sunny and warm with a 30 percent chance of a shower or thunderstorm. High near 85 and low near 60.
Friday: Mostly sunny and warm. High near 85 and low near 65.
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