A cold front will cross the region today with scattered showers and thunderstorms, with a few storms that could be on the strong to severe side, especially south of Albany. The Storm Prediction Center has placed a portion of the region under a
“Slight Risk” for severe thunderstorms. A brief break in the weather will occur on Wednesday as high pressure builds into the region. A wave of low pressure will develop along the front late on Wednesday and into Thursday, sending the front back north into the region with more scattered showers and thunderstorms.
Here is the complete forecast for Albany and the Capital Region of upstate New York:
TODAY – A good portion of the region south and east of Albany will make it into the warm sector through the afternoon, which will only fuel the atmosphere with sufficient instability for storms. As the cold front progresses to the east through the day, showers and thunderstorms will fire, some of which may be on the strong to even severe side with damaging wind gusts and large hail possible. High temperatures will warm into the lower 80’s with a south wind at 10 mph shifting to the west and becoming gusty late in the day behind the front.
WEDNESDAY – High pressure will build into the region behind the front with a rather pleasant day setting up as mostly sunny skies will develop with temperatures a bit cooler in the mid 70’s. Clouds will quickly increase by Wednesday evening and into the overnight as the next system approaches.
THURSDAY – With a broad upper trough setting up to our north in southeast Canada, a southwesterly flow will keep things unsettled as the front advances back north and sets up shop across the region. The front will be the focus for scattered showers and thunderstorms to develop in the afternoon with high temperatures in the upper 70’s.
OUTLOOK – The extended forecast looks rather unsettled as the front settles over the region. An area of low pressure will develop along the front on Friday and advance toward the region late Friday into Saturday, with a chance of showers and thunderstorms, which will persist right into the Memorial Day weekend. It should be noted that despite the forecast looking rather unsettled, it will not be a wash-out every day, as there will be periods of sun and clouds with scattered showers and thunderstorms popping up each afternoon. High temperatures through the weekend look to remain slightly above average in the mid to upper 70’s. Things look to dry out by Memorial Day with mostly sunny skies and high temperatures in the upper 70’s, nearly perfect weather for outdoor barbeques.
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