Thursday, 18 April 2013

Clouds increase today as potent storm gathers strength over nation's midsection

Clouds increase today as potent storm gathers strength over nation's midsection, High pressure, responsible for the ideal weather conditions experienced yesterday, will drift northeast into the Canadian Maritimes through the day today. This will allow cloud cover associated with a strengthening storm system over the center of the nation to filter any sunshine today. A warm front is forecast to pass through the area overnight tonight, bringing a chance for a shower.

Mild conditions are forecast for Friday as the region lies south of the warm front, and east of an approaching cold front that is forecast to pass through the region on Friday night. Showers of moderate to heavy rainfall are forecast during the period from late Friday afternoon to early Saturday morning as the cold front approaches and passes through the area. A thunderstorm or two cannot be ruled out, though thunder should be exception, as opposed to the rule.

After some residual early morning showers on Friday, a gradual clearing to the skies should occur as high pressure builds into the area by sunset, along with an increases westerly to northwesterly wind. Blustery and cooler conditions are forecast, with temperatures as much as 10 to 15 degrees lower than those expected on Friday. The remainder of the weekend, although cooler than normal, is expected to remain generally fair and dry.

The work week starts out decently, before the potential of another prolonged storm system looms boldly for the midweek period next week. Preliminary indications are that the region may see a soaking rainfall during this period. Stay tuned for later updates and forecasts on this evolving situation as the time draws closer, and finer details are ascertained.

...Below is the official forecast for the Capital Region and vicinity...

Today: Partly sunny and breezy. A slight chance of a shower during the afternoon. High 60-65. Southerly winds increasing to 10-20 MPH with some higher gusts to near 25 MPH possible during the afternoon. Chance of rain is 20 percent.

Tonight: Variably cloudy, breezy, and mild. A slight chance of a shower. Low near 50. Southerly winds 10-20 MPH with some higher gusts to near 25 MPH possible at times. Chance of rain is 30 percent.

Friday: More clouds than sunshine. Breezy and mild. A chance of showers, and perhaps a thunderstorm, late in the day. Showers and storms may contain heavy rainfall. High in the lower 70’s. Southerly winds 10-20 MPH with some higher gusts to near 30 MPH possible at times. Chance of rain is 50 percent.

Friday Night: Showers likely, and possibly a thunderstorm. Showers and storms may contain heavy rain and gusty winds. Low in the upper 40’s. Southerly winds 10-20 MPH and gusty early, shifting northwest late at night and decreasing to 5-15 MPH. Chance of rain is 80 percent.

Saturday: A slight chance of a shower in the morning. Otherwise, becoming partly to mostly sunny, windy, and cooler. High near 55. West winds increasing to 15-25 MPH with some higher gusts possible at times. Chance of rain in the morning is 30 percent.

Sunday: Mostly sunny. High near 60 and low near 30.

Monday: Mostly sunny. High near 60 and low near 40.

Tuesday: Partly sunny with a 30 percent chance of showers. High near 60 and low near 40.

Wednesday: A 40 percent chance of rain. High near 55 and low near 40.

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