For This Afternoon: A mixture of sunshine and clouds can be expected this afternoon. It will be windy and mild with high temperatures between 40 and 45 Degrees. Southwest winds are expected to gust up to 30 to 40 mph at times. Tonight: A cold front is expected to cross the area later tonight. Moisture riding along the backside of this front will lead to light snow overspreading Western and Central Mass during the 3 to 5 am time frame Thursday morning. Low temperatures tonight will be between 25 and 30 Degrees. Thursday: Moisture will continue ride along the northern side of a frontal boundary during Thursday morning. This means that light snow is expected to continue during Thursday morning with most of that snow accumulation occurring during the Thursday morning commute. The snow looks to come to an end from north to south beginning near and north of Route 2 in Central Mass and across a majority of Western Mass by mid-morning Thursday and then across the rest of Central Mass (areas south of Route 2) by late morning Thursday. My forecast snowfall accumulation map for Thursday morning’s snowfall is attached to this post. Be aware that a majority of this snow is expected to occur during the Thursday morning commute leading to the potential for slow going on area roads due to slippery roads. Some sunshine is possible during the afternoon, especially across Western Mass. High temperatures Thursday will be near 30 Degrees.
Thursday Night: Much colder air will move back into the area for Thursday night under partly cloudy skies. Low temperatures Thursday night will be between Zero and 5 above zero. North winds of 10 to 20 mph will produce wind chill temperatures of near 10 below zero during Thursday night. Friday: An area of high pressure will control the weather on Friday with sunny to partly sunny skies expected. High temperatures Friday will be between 15 and 20 Degrees. Saturday: An area of low pressure is expected to move off of the North Carolina coast on Friday night and track well southeast of New England during Saturday. It now looks like this storm system will pass too far east to bring any sort of snow to our area on Saturday. This looks like this will be a Mid-Atlantic snowfall rather than a New England snowfall. This all means that Saturday will be partly sunny across Western Mass with more clouds than sunshine expected across Central Mass. High temperatures Saturday will be between 20 and 25 Degrees. Even though it looks fairly likely now that this storm will not be a snow maker for Western and Central Mass, I will still be watching this system very closely in case there are any unexpected changes in the track of the storm. Sunday Through Tuesday: Colder than average temperatures are expected to stick around for a while. This means that a mixture of sunshine and clouds is expected on Sunday with high temperatures near 30 Degrees. Sunny skies are expected on Monday with high temperatures near 25 Degrees. Partly sunny skies are expected on Tuesday with high temperatures between 20 and 25 Degrees.