Today we will have bright sunny blue skies, light winds and seasonably cold weather; expect highs in the 30s for most locations.

Tomorrow and Wednesday night will see the region under the influence of a complex low pressure system approaching from the southwest. The primary low is expected to move northeast passing across the Eastern Great Lakes by Wednesday morning as a second low develops to the southeast of Long Island while at the same time cold high pressure will be located over Maine, with a wedge of chilly air extending southwestward across western New England eastern New York State.

This atmospheric setup could allow for colder air to remain "locked" in over the region, especially for areas to the north and northeast of Albany, which in turn could mean more in the way of a wintry mix of precipitation, that is sleet and freezing rain. Definitely something that we'll have to watch.

For now, it still looks like mostly a rain event for the region but a start of sleet and freezing rain appears more likely along and north of a Mohawk Valley-Albany-Northern Berkshires line on Tuesday afternoon before a change to rain occurs Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning.

The rain will taper off to showers by Wednesday afternoon as temperatures rise to near or a bit above 40°. The rest of the week looks to be dry with temperatures in the upper 30s to low 40s,  above normal for the middle of January.

Neal Estano