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An area of low pressure is expected to track near the South Coast of New England tonight bringing with it a round of accumulating snow, especially between midnight tonight and daybreak on Saturday morning. Precipitation initially in the form of rain across the valleys of Western and Central Mass & a rain-snow mix across the higher elevations will move in between 9 pm and midnight tonight. Once the precipitation begins, temperatures are expected to quickly fall to near freezing causing the precipitation to change to all snow across the entire area around or just after midnight tonight. A period of moderate to heavy snow is then expected with snowfall rates of 1 inch per hour are expected between about midnight tonight and daybreak Saturday morning. A majority of the snow accumulation will be on grassy and non-pavement surfaces, however, some accumulation of wet heavy snow is possible on roads if the snow comes down hard enough late tonight. The snow is expected to continue through part of Saturday morning before coming to an end just before midday Saturday. There are no changes to my thinking regarding snow accumulations for tonight and Saturday morning – The highest snow amounts of 4 to 6 inches are expected across the Worcester Hills, the Berkshires and the Hilltowns of Western Mass. Across the lower elevations, such as the Pioneer Valley of Western Mass & the Blackstone Valley of Central Mass, 2 to 4 inches of snow accumulation is expected. Be aware that scattered power outages are possible across the Worcester Hills, the Berkshires and the Hilltowns of Western Mass as more than 4 inches of heavy wet snow is expected.



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Accumulating snow is likely for Friday night into Saturday morning across all of Western & Central Mass. An area of low pressure is expected to track from the Ohio Valley on Friday to the South Coast of New England during Friday night and Saturday morning. There is expected to be a sufficient amount of cold air around for the precipitation to fall as snow across the entire area throughout Friday night into Saturday morning. Wet snow will overspread Western Mass between 7 pm and 9 pm Friday evening and then overspread Central Mass between 9 pm and 11 pm Friday evening. Snow is then expected to continue through the rest of Friday night and part of Saturday morning before ending by 9 to 10 am Saturday morning. Some rain may mix in with the snow across the Pioneer Valley and Blackstone Valley while mostly all snow falls in the Berkshires, Worcester Hills and the Hilltowns of Western Mass. There are signals in the data that suggest a period of heavy snow is likely for a while during the overnight hours of Friday night with 1 inch per hour snowfall rates likely across the entire area. As for possible snow accumulations on Friday night and Saturday morning – The highest snow amounts of 4 to 6 inches are expected across the Worcester Hills, the Berkshires and the Hilltowns of Western Mass. Across the lower elevations, such as the Pioneer Valley of Western Mass & the Blackstone Valley of Central Mass, 2 to possibly 4 inches of snow accumulation is expected. Be aware that scattered power outages are possible across the Worcester Hills, the Berkshires and the Hilltowns of Western Mass as more than 4 inches of heavy wet snow is expected. I continue to keep an eye on Friday night's possible snowfall & will have updates as needed.



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Happy Easter!! Sunshine will be filtered through increasing high clouds for the Rest Of This Afternoon. Temperatures this afternoon will be in the upper 50s to low 60s. South winds will gust up to 30 mph at times. Skies will become cloudy this evening with widespread showers moving in well after midnight Tonight. Low temperatures tonight will be near 50 Degrees. Monday: Strong To Very Strong Winds Are Expected On Monday Afternoon Across Western & Central Mass. Heavy Rainfall, Thunderstorms & The Possibility Of Some Flooding Is Also Expected On Monday. Strong Wind Threat: South winds are expected to gust up to 40 to 50 mph during the morning and then gust up to 60 to possibly even 70 mph during the afternoon. These very strong wind gusts during Monday afternoon will have the capability of bringing down tree limbs, small trees & power lines across the entire area with power outages likely. Heavy Rain & Thunderstorms: Heavy showers are expected throughout Monday morning & there is the possibility for flooding across the entire area. Isolated to scattered thunderstorms are expected from late Monday morning through Monday afternoon. Any thunderstorm activity will have the capability of pulling some very strong winds aloft to the surface & thus wind damage is possible from any thunderstorm activity. The cold front with this very strong storm system will move through during Monday evening & much drier air will move in during Monday night & Tuesday. Thank you for reading my latest forecast for Western and Central Mass. I do not charge for this information, but I am asking for donations to offset operating costs. All donations go to directly offsetting my costs of running Route 20 Weather which include (but not limited to) website hosting & bandwidth, subscriptions to weather data services, as well as electricity and broadband internet. Any amount that you can donate is truly appreciated! Donations can be made by PayPal using E-Mail address contact@route20weather.com or by going to https://www.route20weather.com/donate . If you would rather donate by check or money order, please e-mail me at contact@route20weather.com & I can send you my mailing address. Thank you again for your support of Route 20 Weather!

 

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