For This Afternoon: Quiet weather is expected for this afternoon with partly sunny skies expected. High temperatures this afternoon will be between 40 and 45 Degrees. Tonight Through Thursday: An area of low pressure is expected to track across Southern New England by Thursday morning. Plenty of moisture associated with the storm system will combine with cold air at the surface to produce snow for a while starting around midnight tonight that changes to freezing rain and sleet late tonight and then eventually to all rain during Thursday morning. Snow is expected to overspread Western and Central Mass around midnight tonight. Snow is then expected to continue for a few hours after midnight tonight before milder air pushes northward. This will cause the snow to change to a sleet and rain mixture across the valleys and lower elevations of Western and Central Mass and to a freezing rain and sleet mixture across the Hilltowns of Western Mass, the Berkshires and the Worcester Hills between 4 am and 6 am Thursday morning. During Thursday morning, rain is expected across the valleys and lower elevations of Western and Central Mass. Across the Hilltowns of Western Mass, the Berkshires and the Worcester Hills, freezing rain and sleet is expected during Thursday morning and this will lead to icy travel conditions for Thursday morning’s commute. All precipitation will come to an around midday Thursday with cloudy skies and the possibility of a passing rain shower expected during Thursday afternoon. Snowfall amounts tonight will range from 1 to 2 inches across much of Western and Central Mass to 2 to 3 inches of snow accumulation along and north of Route 2. Ice accumulations late tonight through Thursday morning will range from less than one tenth of an inch (0.10”) across the Pioneer Valley of Western Mass and across the Blackstone Valley of Central Mass to one tenth (0.10”) to two tenths (0.20”) of an inch across the Hilltowns of Western Mass, the Berkshires and the Worcester Hills. Low temperatures tonight will be near 30 Degrees. High temperatures Thursday will be between 40 and 45 Degrees.
Friday Through Sunday: Another high pressure system will build into the area for Friday and Saturday bringing some very cold temperatures. Friday is expected to be sunny to partly sunny with high temperatures near 25 Degrees. Friday night will be clear and very cold with low temperatures between 4 above zero and 4 below zero. Saturday is expected to be partly sunny and cold with high temperatures between 25 and 30 Degrees. That high pressure system will move offshore by Sunday and a milder southwesterly wind flow will kick in. This means that skies on Sunday will be partly sunny and high temperatures will be near 40 Degrees. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by going to https://www.route20weather.com/donate. If you would rather donate by check or money order, please e-mail me at email@example.com & I can send you my mailing address. Thank you again for your support of Route 20 Weather!