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An Arctic cold front now progressing southward across northern parts of New England will move across Southern New England this afternoon bringing with it snow shower and snow squall activity, along with gusty winds and sharply colder temperatures.

I expect that snow showers and snow squalls should enter the upper Pioneer Valley and northern Worcester County by about 2 pm this afternoon and then gradually progress southward across the rest of Western and Central Mass by 3 to 4 pm this afternoon. Snow showers and possible snow squalls are then expected to continue until about 6 pm today when they are expected to push out of our area.

Any snow shower and snow squall activity will be accompanied by briefly heavy snow, low visibility in heavy snow and very gusty winds. Be very careful if you run into any snow shower or snow squall activity as conditions will be bad in some areas for a short period of time. In addition, temperatures are expected to fall through the 30s this afternoon and it will be quite windy with northwest winds gusting up to 50 mph at times. Cold and quite windy conditions are expected Tonight under partly cloudy skies. Low temperatures tonight will be between 10 and 15 Degrees. Northwest winds will gust up to 40 to 50 mph at times with wind chill temperatures of Zero to 10 below zero expected. Monday will be a sunny, but cold and windy day. High temperatures Monday will be between 25 and 30 Degrees. Northwest winds are expected to gust up to 40 mph. Wind chill temperatures on Monday will be between 5 and 15 Degrees.

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This Afternoon: Plenty of sunshine is expected this afternoon across Western and Central Mass with temperatures around 60 Degrees. West winds will gust up to 25 mph this afternoon. Tonight: A strong cold front is expected to move across our area this evening. This front will usher in some much colder temperatures for the weekend into early next week. The passage of this front will also lead to some strong wind gusts tonight across all of Western and Central Mass. Northwest winds are likely to gust up to 50 mph throughout tonight with some 60 mph wind gusts possible in higher terrain. Low temperatures tonight will be near 25 Degrees. Saturday: A much colder day is expected on Saturday as compared to the last couple of days or so. Sunny skies are expected throughout Saturday with high temperatures between 40 and 45 Degrees. It will continue to be windy on Saturday with northwest winds gusting up to 40 to 50 mph in the morning and up to 30 mph during the afternoon. Sunday & Sunday Night: Yet another cold front will move through the area during the day on Sunday bringing with it another round of gusty winds & a reinforcing shot of cold air. Sunday is expected to be partly sunny with high temperatures between 40 and 45 Degrees. Northwest winds are expected to gust up to 35 mph during the morning and gust up to 40 to 50 mph during the afternoon. Windy and cold weather is expected on Sunday night under partly cloudy skies. Low temperatures Sunday night will be between 15 and 20 Degrees. Northwest winds are expected to gust up to 40 to 50 mph throughout Sunday night. Monday: An area of high pressure will build into the area on Monday bringing plenty of sunshine and decreasing winds. High temperatures Monday will be between 30 and 35 Degrees. Tuesday Through Wednesday: The weather forecast becomes more uncertain towards the middle part of next week as a low pressure system is expected to head eastward from the Rocky Mountains. At this time, it appears that a high pressure ridge may be just strong enough to push this storm far enough south to keep most of the area dry, but it will be close. For now, it appears that Tuesday will start out partly sunny, but there is likely to be an increase in clouds during the afternoon. High temperatures Tuesday will be between 35 and 40 Degrees. Cloudy skies are expected on Tuesday night and there may be a little bit of light snow for a while on Tuesday night for areas south of the Mass Pike. Low temperatures Tuesday night will be near 30 Degrees. Wednesday is expected to start out cloudy, but there should be an increase in sunshine during the afternoon. High temperatures Wednesday will be near 45 Degrees. Thursday Through Next Friday: Yet another low pressure system is expected to head eastward from the Central United States during the late part of next week. Where this storm system tracks in relation to New England will be important in determining whether the precipitation will be all rain, a mixture of snow and rain or mostly all snow. My thinking right now is for mostly all rain for areas along and south of the Mass Pike, a mixture of rain and snow across areas north of the Mass Pike and perhaps mostly all snow for areas along and north of Route 2. This precipitation is expected to occur beginning on Thursday afternoon and continue through Thursday night and end early next Friday morning.

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No weather problems are expected across Western & Central Mass for at least the next several days. It appears that we will remain in a dry weather pattern right through much of, if not all of next week. In addition, each day next week will be a little warmer than the previous and I do think that many areas may crack 70 Degrees on Thursday! The next chance for any precipitation appears to be next Saturday or so when a low pressure system moves through the area bringing us some rain. Until then, all is quiet on the weather front. So, let’s break it down day by day: This Afternoon: Plenty of sunshine with high temperatures between 30 and 35 Degrees. Sunday: Sunny with high temperatures near 35 Degrees. Monday: Sunny with high temperatures near 40 Degrees. Tuesday: Sunny and much warmer. High temperatures will be between 50 and 55 Degrees. Wednesday: Partly sunny and even warmer with high temperatures between 55 and 60 Degrees. Thursday: Partly sunny and yet even warmer with high temperatures between 65 and 70 Degrees. Friday: Partly sunny with high temperatures between 55 and 60 Degrees. Next Saturday: Rain is possible. High temperatures near 45 Degrees. Beyond This – I don’t think that we are done with seeing snow across the area as the weather pattern may turn colder again during the week of March 15 with high temperatures falling back into the 30s and 40s. In addition, there is the possibility that a storm system could bring the entire area accumulating snow around March 17 or March 18.

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