A developing storm could bring our first big snow of winter later next week.

Weather prognosticators came into the season with some big predictions for Upstate New York and the Northeast in general. You may recall both the Farmers' Almanac and the Olde Farmer's Almanac predicted lots of cold and snow. After a promising start in December, winter has taken a turn in the other direction with mild temperatures and  December snow has been long gone here in the Capital Region.

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It looks like that winter soft spot has the potential to change in a big way late this week. A lot could change between now and then, but for snow lovers, early speculating means giving the snow hope!

Accuweather Says Potential For "Substantial Snow" Late Next Week

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This is a storm that Accuweather is tracking right now from out west, but if everything lines up correctly they are saying this one could bring "substantial snow" later this week Friday into the weekend for the Northeast. Based on their current "snow potential" map, Albany and the greater Capital Region would be right in the crosshairs of this one.

The National Weather Service is also watching this storm which they say on Facebook could bring "widespread precipitation."

Now if I was a betting man, based on our recent snow track record in the Albany area, I would bet we end up getting the wet wintry mix track on this storm that Accuweather says it could also bring. That said when we expect a whimper these storms always seem to bring a wallop! Accuweather says the tracking and timing of this storm should become more defined in the coming days - we will keep you posted on potential snowfall totals if we are in line for some decent accumulations!

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