For The Rest Of Today: Sunny to partly sunny skies with cold temperatures and even colder wind chill temperatures are expected throughout the rest of today. High temperatures today will range from the lower 20s across the Worcester Hills, the Hilltowns of Western Mass and the Berkshires to the middle 20s across the Pioneer Valley of Western Mass and across the Blackstone Valley of Central Mass. In addition, Northwest winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 30 to 35 mph will produce wind chill temperatures of Zero to 10 above zero throughout the day today.
Tonight: An area of high pressure will move right over the area tonight. This will lead to the winds decreasing substantially & the skies to be clear throughout the night. Low temperatures tonight will range from Zero to 5 below Zero across the Pioneer Valley of Western Mass to 1 to 6 Above Zero across the rest of Western and Central Mass. 3 To 6 Inches Of Snow Accumulation Expected Saturday Afternoon & Saturday Night: An area of low pressure is expected to move into the eastern Great Lakes by Saturday afternoon. Meanwhile, a second low pressure will take shape near the Cape on Saturday night and move into the Gulf of Maine and towards Nova Scotia on Sunday.
The atmosphere on Saturday afternoon and Saturday night is expected to be more than cold enough to support all-snow across Western and Central Mass, especially at the beginning of the storm.
Snow will overspread Western Mass between about 2 pm and 4 pm Saturday afternoon and then overspread Central Mass between about 3 pm and 5 pm Saturday.
A majority of the accumulating snow with this storm is expected to occur between 6 pm and midnight Saturday evening with heavy snowfall rates of 1 inch per hour possible at times during this time period (6 pm to midnight Saturday evening).
After midnight Saturday night, the snow will lighten up considerably in intensity with periods of light snow expected. In fact, some freezing drizzle is also expected at times after midnight Saturday night.
The storm will come to an end just before sunrise Sunday morning.
It should be emphasized that given the cold temperatures and the expected moderate to heavy snowfall rates, the snow will have little difficulty sticking and accumulating on roads. This means that roads will very quickly become slippery once the snow begins during the mid and late afternoon hours of Saturday. In addition, poor travel conditions are expected between 6 pm and midnight Saturday evening due to heavy snowfall rates causing poor visibility and very slippery road conditions.
My forecast snowfall amounts can be found with the map below.
Sunday: Even though the storm will end before sunrise Sunday morning, much of the day Sunday is expected to be cloudy. In addition, a few brief snow showers are possible late Sunday morning and Sunday afternoon. High temperatures Sunday will be between 35 and 40 Degrees.
Monday Through Wednesday: Sunny weather with cold temperatures are expected for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. High temperatures Monday will be near 25 Degrees. High temperatures Tuesday will be between 20 and 25 Degrees. High temperatures Wednesday will be near 25 Degrees.
Thursday & Next Friday: Sunny weather is also expected on Thursday and next Friday & it should be somewhat milder. High temperatures Thursday will be between 35 and 40 Degrees. High temperatures next Friday will be near 40 Degrees.
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