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For The Rest Of Today: More clouds than sunshine is expected throughout the rest of today. Temperatures throughout the rest of today will be in the upper 30s to low 40s.

Part 1 Of The Storm – Late Tonight Through Thursday: An area of low pressure is expected to strengthen as it moves from the Ohio Valley tonight and across northern New England on Thursday.

A mixture of snow and sleet will overspread Western and Central Mass between about midnight and 2 am tonight. The mixture of snow and sleet is then expected to continue throughout the rest of the night tonight.

On Thursday morning, the snow and sleet is expected to change to freezing rain from south to north starting along and south of the Mass Pike just before sunrise Thursday morning and then across areas north of the Mass Pike between 6 am and 9 am. The changeover line from snow/sleet to freezing rain is expected to reach the Route 2 corridor by about 10 am Thursday morning.

The freezing rain is then expected to change to rain, first across the Connecticut River Valley and the Blackstone Valley by late morning Thursday. Across the Worcester Hills, the Berkshires and the Hilltowns of Western Mass, the changeover from freezing rain to rain will be much slower to occur with freezing rain lingering well into Thursday afternoon. It is possible that the northern Worcester Hills may stay as freezing rain throughout all of Thursday afternoon.

Snow and sleet accumulations late tonight into Thursday morning will be around one inch across much of Western and Central Mass. The exception will be along and north of Route 2 where up to 2 inches of snow and sleet accumulation is expected.

As for ice accumulations on Thursday, up to one tenth of an inch of ice accumulation is expected across the Connecticut River Valley and the Blackstone Valley. One to two tenths of an inch of ice accumulation is expected across most of the Worcester Hills, the Berkshires and the Hilltowns of Western Mass. It is possible that up to one quarter of an inch of ice accumulation could occur across parts of the northern Worcester Hills on Thursday.

Icy and slow-going travel is expected for Thursday morning’s commute across all of Western and Central Mass.

As for Thursday afternoon and evening’s commute, icy travel may be a problem across the northern Worcester Hills with wet roads expected elsewhere across Western and Central Mass.

Part 2 Of The Storm – Thursday Night Through Friday Morning: After a brief break in the precipitation on Thursday evening, rain will overspread Western and Central Mass just after midnight Thursday night. The rain is then expected to continue through Friday morning and the rain will be heavy at times.

It is possible that enough cold air will be around late Thursday night and Friday morning so that there could be freezing rain instead of rain across parts of the northern Worcester Hills.

One other thing that we are going to have to watch out for is the possibility of the rain changing to freezing rain across all of the Worcester Hills and the Hilltowns of Western Mass during Friday morning.

Part 3 Of The Storm – Friday Afternoon Through Friday Night: Colder air will wrap into the area during Friday afternoon causing all of the precipitation to change to snow across much of, if not all of Western and Central Mass. How quickly the precipitation changes to snow and how much snow accumulates will depend on two things – One is how fast the colder air moves into the area & two is how quickly will our storm system move away.

A changeover first to sleet occur across much of Western and Central Mass during the first half of Friday afternoon. This will be followed by a changeover to snow first across the Berkshires, the upper Pioneer Valley of Western Mass and northern Worcester County between 2 and 4 pm Friday afternoon. The changeover to snow could then occur across the lower Pioneer Valley of Western Mass and across the rest of Worcester County between 4 pm and 6 pm Friday.

Snow will then continue through Friday evening before ending around midnight Friday night.

Possible snow accumulations Friday afternoon and Friday evening may range from 1 to 2 inches across the lower Pioneer Valley of Western Mass eastward through areas along and south of the Mass Pike in Central Mass to 2 to possibly 4 inches of snow accumulation across the Berkshires, the upper Pioneer Valley of Western Mass and across northern Worcester County. These snow amounts will likely change as we get a better idea of how quickly (or slowly) the colder air moves in & how this interacts with the precipitation that is left.

Thank you for reading my latest forecast for Western and Central Mass.

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For The Rest Of Today: A warm front will be located to the south of our area throughout the rest of today. In addition, there will be plenty of moisture in place across Western and Central Mass. This all means that cloudy skies are expected throughout the rest of today. High temperatures will be between 45 and 49 Degrees.

Tonight: That warm front will remain stalled just to our south throughout tonight. Skies tonight will be cloudy and there will be some scattered rain and snow showers after midnight. Low temperatures tonight will be between 30 and 35 Degrees.

Wednesday: That frontal boundary will push even further to the south during Wednesday and a weak high pressure system will briefly build into the area. This all means that it will be dry on Wednesday, however, it is likely that there will be more clouds than sunshine during the day.

High temperatures Wednesday will be between 35 and 40 Degrees.

Wednesday Night Through Thursday: An area of low pressure is expected to strengthen as it moves from the Ohio Valley on Wednesday night and across New England on Thursday. Cold air is expected to be trapped near the ground across the entire area on Wednesday night into Thursday. In addition, a warm front will slowly move northward towards the area.

This all means that snow and sleet will overspread Western and Central Mass around midnight Wednesday night. The mixture of snow and sleet is then expected to continue throughout the rest of Wednesday night.

On Thursday morning, the snow and sleet is expected to change to freezing rain from south to north starting along and south of the Mass Pike between 5 am and 7 am Thursday morning and then across areas north of the Mass Pike between 8 am and 10 am. This will likely lead to icy travel conditions during Thursday morning’s commute.

The next question is how quickly will the freezing rain change to rain across the region. Across the Connecticut River Valley and the Blackstone Valley, the freezing rain will change to rain by late morning. Across the Worcester Hills, the Berkshires and the Hilltowns of Western Mass, the changeover from freezing rain to rain may be slower to occur with freezing rain lingering well in the afternoon. In fact, parts of the northern Worcester Hills may stay as freezing rain throughout all of Thursday afternoon.

Snow and sleet accumulations late Wednesday night into Thursday morning will be around one inch across much of Western and Central Mass. The exception will be along and north of Route 2 where up to 2 inches of snow and sleet accumulation is expected.

As for ice accumulations on Thursday, around one tenth of an inch of ice accumulation is expected across the Connecticut River Valley and the Blackstone Valley. One to two tenths of an inch of ice accumulation is expected across most of the Worcester Hills, the Berkshires and the Hilltowns of Western Mass. It is possible that higher ice accumulations could occur across the northern Worcester Hills and this is something that will really need to be watched.

Thursday Night Through Friday: A new area of low pressure is expected to ride along the frontal boundary on Thursday night and Friday.

After a brief break in the precipitation on Thursday evening, rain is expected to spread across Western and Central Mass late Thursday night and continue through Friday morning. The rain could be heavy at times and may bring delays during Friday morning’s commute.

By later Friday morning and Friday afternoon, colder air will start to wrap into the area and could cause the rain to change to some light snow across the Berkshires, the upper Pioneer Valley of Western Mass and across the northern Worcester Hills. It is even possible that the rain could change to light snow across all of Western and Central Mass by late Friday afternoon.

This Weekend: An area of high pressure will control the weather on Saturday. This means that skies Saturday will be partly sunny and it will be chilly with high temperatures between 30 and 35 Degrees.

An area of low pressure is expected to pass to the south of New England on Sunday. There is uncertainty as to how close this storm system will get to our area, but it may be close enough to bring a period of light snow to parts of Western and Central Mass during the day Sunday. High temperatures Sunday will be near 35 Degrees.

Thank you for reading my latest forecast for Western and Central Mass.

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For The Rest Of Today: A mixture of sunshine and clouds are expected throughout the rest of today across Western and Central Mass. In addition, a passing snow flurry is possible the rest of this morning and a passing brief rain shower is possible this afternoon.

High temperatures this afternoon will be near 40 Degrees.

Tonight: A warm front is expected to lift northward across our area tonight. This front is expected to bring with it some scattered snow shower activity this evening before it ends shortly after midnight tonight. Any snow accumulations this evening will be a dusting at most. Low temperatures tonight will be near 30 Degrees.

Monday: Monday may end up being the nicest day of this upcoming week. Any early morning clouds will give way to partly sunny skies with lots of sunshine expected during the afternoon. High temperatures Monday will be near 45 Degrees.

Tuesday: A stationary front will be draped across Southern New England during Tuesday. At the same time this is happening, an area of low pressure will move across northern New England.

This all means that Tuesday will be cloudy and there is the possibility for a few rain showers during the afternoon. High temperatures Tuesday will be near 45 Degrees.

Wednesday Through Saturday: The weather forecast for the middle to end of this coming week continues to be uncertain, although it does look active.

A stationary front will be positioned across the area during Wednesday. At the same time, a wave of low pressure will push across the area and help to push this front to our south. This will lead to some light rain across the region on Wednesday. High temperatures Wednesday will be near 40 Degrees.

That frontal boundary will be positioned to our south during Wednesday night and Thursday as an area of low pressure tracks into the northeastern United States. It is expected that there will be enough cold air around for snow to occur late Wednesday night into Thursday morning. This snow may change first to freezing rain and sleet later Thursday morning and then eventually to all rain sometime during Thursday afternoon. This means that slippery roads are possible for the Thursday morning commute. Finally, it is possible that the freezing rain and sleet may hang on into Thursday evening across parts of the Connecticut River Valley, the Berkshires and the northern Worcester Hills where the colder air will be harder to scour out.

That low pressure system will lift northward into southern Canada and it looks possible that rain will occur on Thursday night into Friday. It should be noted though that we will need to watch for the possibility for freezing rain and sleet to continue across northern Worcester County and the upper Pioneer Valley of Western Mass where the colder air may remain in place. This part of the forecast is very uncertain and may take a couple of days, at least, to iron out.

The rain will come to an end on Friday evening with a partly sunny day expected on Saturday with high temperatures between 35 and 40 Degrees. Thank you for reading my latest forecast for Western and Central Mass.

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