This Afternoon: A few scattered snow showers and perhaps a snow squall or two is expected by later this afternoon and early this evening across Western and Central Mass. A cold front is expected to push through the area this evening. Ahead of this front, the atmosphere is just unstable enough to produce snow shower and snow squall activity across central and eastern New York State and northern Pennsylvania. It looks like scattered snow showers and a snow squall or two will enter Western Mass by about 3-4 pm this afternoon and then reach Central Mass by about 6-7 pm. Any snow shower and snow squall activity will produce very low visibilities, wind gusts to 30 mph and a quick 1 to 2 inches of snow accumulation. This will lead to slippery road conditions and poor travel conditions for a short period of time in areas that see the snow shower/snow squall activity. Temperatures this afternoon will be in the upper 30s to low 40s. Tonight: Much colder air will move into the area after midnight tonight as the cold front pushes offshore. Any leftover snow showers will end this evening and it will be followed by clearing skies after midnight. Northwest winds are expected to gust up to 25 to 30 mph and this will put a real bite into the air. Low temperatures tonight will be between 15 and 20 Degrees. Wind chill temperatures tonight will be in the single numbers. Saturday: A sunny, but windy and bitterly cold day is expected across the area. High temperatures on Saturday will be near 25 Degrees. Northwest winds are expected to gust up to 35 mph and this will produce wind chill temperatures of between Zero and 10 above zero. Saturday Night: Clear skies, windy conditions and bitterly cold temperatures are expected on Saturday night. Low temperatures Saturday night will be near 10 Degrees. Northwest winds are expected to gust up to 30 to 40 mph and this will lead to wind chill temperatures of Zero to 10 below zero. Sunday: Sunny, windy and continued cold temperatures are expected on Sunday. High temperatures will be between 25 and 30 Degrees. Northwest winds are expected to gust up to 30 mph and this will lead to wind chill temperatures in the teens. Monday: An area of high pressure will control our weather throughout Monday. We should have a sunny to partly sunny day on Monday with high temperatures between 30 and 35 Degrees. Tuesday: An area of low pressure is expected to take shape near the Mid-Atlantic coast on Monday night and Tuesday morning. It appears that a blocking high pressure system may push this storm system on a track that keeps it to the south of Nantucket. This track should keep a majority of the accumulating snow to our south. With that said, the track of this storm could still be close enough for some light snow to occur on Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday evening. I think that any snow accumulation will be light with 1 to 3 inches possible. With that said, the track of this storm will still be watched in case this storm system tracks closer to our area.
This Afternoon: A mixture of sunshine and clouds can be expected for this afternoon. In addition to this, an area of snow showers now pushing across eastern New York State is expected to push through the area late this afternoon. This means that some scattered snow shower activity can be expected across Western and Central Mass. Temperatures this afternoon will be in the middle 30s. Tonight: Skies are expected to start out partly cloudy this evening, but will become cloudy late tonight as a rather strong upper level weather disturbance approaches the area. Low temperatures tonight will be near 25 Degrees. Wednesday: A cold front combined with a strong upper level weather disturbance is expected to push through the area during Wednesday. An area of snow showers and even a little bit of light snow will overspread Western and Central Mass, especially across areas along and south of the Mass Pike by 8 to 9 am Wednesday morning. This snow shower activity is then expected to continue through midday before coming to an end. Any snow accumulation should be one inch or less, mainly found south of the Mass Pike. During Wednesday afternoon, I think that we will see a mixture of sunshine and clouds and there is the possibility for a stray leftover snow shower or two. High temperatures Wednesday will be between 30 and 35 Degrees. Thursday: A trough of low pressure is expected to push across the area during the late morning and early afternoon hours of Thursday. This means that an area of snow showers will push across the area between about 9-10 am to 1-2 pm Thursday. A quick inch or so of snow accumulation is possible with some of this snow shower activity. High temperatures Thursday will be near 30 Degrees. Friday: A mostly cloudy day is expected on Friday and there could be a stray snow shower or two around, primarily in the Worcester Hills and the Berkshires. High temperatures Friday will be near 35 Degrees. This Weekend: Saturday is expected to be partly sunny with high temperatures near 30 Degrees. Sunday is expected to be partly sunny with high temperatures between 25 and 30 Degrees. Still Watching Early Next Week For Possible Snowfall: I continue to keep close tabs on the potential for a low pressure system to push off of the Mid-Atlantic coast late Monday night into next Tuesday. Obviously, the track of this storm system is going to be critical in determining whether it snows or not across Western and Central Mass. Some of the weather forecast guidance forecasts a track close enough to our area to bring a few inches of snow to the area next Tuesday. Other just as reliable weather forecast guidance forecasts a track that keeps this storm far enough south so that only the Mid-Atlantic States (Philadelphia, Baltimore and DC) sees snow and we remain dry, but cold. Even though it’s too soon to really iron out an exact storm track, the trend in the weather forecast data is for a southern storm track keeping us dry rather than a track that would give us accumulating snow. With that said, it wouldn’t surprise me to see a close enough track to bring a 1 to 3 inch or a 2 to 4 inch snowfall to parts of the area next Tuesday.