For The Rest Of Today: Strong winds will be the big weather story for the rest of today. West winds are expected to gust up to 40 to 50 mph at times throughout the rest of today.
Skies throughout the rest of today will feature a mixture of sunshine and clouds. There will be some scattered snow shower activity in the Berkshires this afternoon and it is possible that a brief snow shower could push as far east as the upper Pioneer Valley and western parts of Worcester County during the mid and late afternoon hours.
Temperatures the rest of today will remain in the upper 30s to lower 40s.
Tonight: West winds are expected to continue to gust up to 35 to 45 mph at times early this evening, but winds will begin to diminish during the overnight hours of tonight.
Skies tonight will be partly cloudy with low temperatures near 20 Degrees.
Monday: A generally partly sunny day is expected on Monday across Western and Central Mass. High temperatures Monday will be near 35 Degrees.
3 To 6 Inches Of Snow Accumulation Very Late Monday Night Into Tuesday Morning Followed By Freezing Rain & Sleet Tuesday Afternoon Across Western & Central Mass: There are uncertainties with the weather forecast for Monday night and Tuesday. These uncertainties include exact snowfall amounts, how much ice may accumulate and even when the snow will start.
It appears that the start of the snow has slowed down a little. Based on all of the available information, the snow may begin across Western and Central Mass around or just after midnight Monday night. The snow is then expected to continue through the Tuesday Morning commute.
As I already mentioned, there are uncertainties as to how far north the snow to freezing rain/sleet line will push into southern New England on Tuesday. I still think that some of the weather forecast guidance may be showing too warm of an atmospheric profile on Tuesday and that in the end, we will see more snow than freezing rain or sleet across Western and Central Mass.
For now, it appears that the changeover line from snow to freezing rain/sleet is forecast to reach the Mass-Connecticut state line during the Tuesday morning commute. This means that much of Western and Central Mass will be snowing during this time (5 am-9 am).
The changeover line from snow to freezing rain/sleet may push northward during the late morning hours of Tuesday potentially reaching as far north as Route 2 by early Tuesday afternoon.
During Tuesday afternoon, I think that snow will continue across the Berkshires, the far upper parts of the Pioneer Valley of Western Mass and across northernmost Worcester County. Across the rest of Western and Central Mass, I think that we may see freezing rain and sleet continue throughout Tuesday afternoon before coming to an end as light snow Tuesday evening.
My Latest Forecast For Snow & Ice Amounts For Late Monday Night & Tuesday Can Be Found With The Map Below.
Roads are likely to be slippery starting late Monday night through all day Tuesday due to snow to start with that changes to freezing rain and sleet. This storm is expected to impact both the Tuesday morning and the Tuesday afternoon commute. Delays and/or Cancellations are likely for Tuesday across Western and Central Mass.
I continue to keep a very close eye on this storm and will keep you all updated.
Wednesday: An Arctic cold front is expected to push through the region later Wednesday afternoon. So, even though much of Wednesday will be partly sunny, there is the risk for some scattered snow showers during the late afternoon and evening hours.
High temperatures Wednesday will be in the low 30s.
Wednesday Night Through Thursday Night: An Arctic air mass will push into our area during Wednesday night with some very cold air moving in. Skies on Wednesday night will be partly cloudy with low temperatures near 10 Degrees. A west to northwest wind of 10 to 20 mph will cause wind chill temperatures of around zero on Wednesday night.
Thursday is expected to be a sunny and cold day with high temperatures between 20 and 25 Degrees.
Thursday night will be clear and quite cold with low temperatures of between Zero and 10 above zero.
Friday Through Next Sunday: An area of high pressure will control our weather for Friday and Saturday. Both days will be sunny with high temperatures Friday between 25 and 30 Degrees and high temperatures Saturday between 30 and 35 Degrees.
Turning to next Sunday, there is the possibility of a coastal storm system that may bring all of Western and Central Mass snow throughout next Sunday that may last into next Monday morning. It is way, way too soon to even discuss amounts, but it is a system to definitely keep an eye on.
Thank you for reading my latest forecast for Western and Central Mass.
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