After a complex storm system that impacted the region over the last two days quickly moves away, it certainly will not be the last hurrah of winter, contrary to what the groundhog says.
The latest storm did not exactly live up to its original hype thanks to several complicated factors, but certainly added about another foot or so to the already deep snowpack across the Capital Region, and yet even more is on the way for this weekend.
A storm system will begin to organize in the southern states on Thursday and work its way up the coast by Friday night and Saturday, spreading rain showers up the coast with a swath of moderate snow on the northwestern edge of the precipitation shield for interior areas. As of right now, a general 3 to 6 inches looks possible on Saturday, with the potential for a little more in the higher elevations, so don't put those shovels away yet!
And with the storminess comes more cold air. Even though temperatures will moderate into the weekend to near seasonable levels in the low to mid 30's, another bitter blast of cold air will be waiting in the wings to our west. This air mass looks to move into the region behind another storm system slated to impact the region on Tuesday.
Temperatures will return to below normal values by the middle of next week with rumors that an even larger storm could be on the way for the end of next week...BUT we have two storms to get through before that one even gets here.
So the basic theme is a storm every two to three days to impact the Capital Region right into the Valentine's Day weekend. Better make plans now to enjoy some indoor activities and maybe even cuddle up with your sweetheart on Cupid's day.
Here is my 7-Day extended forecast for Albany, New York:
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Image credits: AccuWeather.com & Meteorologist Brent McGrady