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A Pretty Decent Snowfall Looks Likely From Late Saturday Night Through Much Of Sunday Across Western & Central Mass

For This Afternoon: Cloudy skies are expected to persist through the first half of this afternoon before skies become partly cloudy by late this afternoon. In addition, some scattered snow showers will continue into the early and mid-afternoon hours. Any snow showers could produce a quick dusting of snow.

Temperatures will be between 35 and 40 Degrees with temperatures falling to near 30 Degrees by late this afternoon. Winds will be Northwest at 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph.

Tonight: A fairly cold night is expected across the area under clear to partly cloudy skies. Low temperatures will be between 15 and 20 Degrees. Winds will be Northwest at 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph, which will lead to wind chill temperatures of Zero to 10 above zero.

Friday: A sunny day is expected throughout Friday with high temperatures between 30 and 35 Degrees. Winds will be North at 10 to 20 mph.

Saturday: Skies will start out sunny to partly sunny, but I expect an increase in clouds during the afternoon as our coastal storm approaches the area. High temperatures will be near 35 Degrees. Winds will be North at 5 to 10 mph in the morning and East at 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

A Pretty Decent Snowfall Looks Likely From About Midnight Saturday Night Through Much Of Sunday: It appears that a fairly decent snowfall is looking likely across the entire area beginning by midnight Saturday night and then continuing right through much of, if not all of the day on Sunday.

An area of low pressure is expected to form over the southeastern United States on Friday night and then travel up the East Coast of the United States during the day on Saturday. This storm system is then expected to strengthen as it tracks near the south coast of New England from later Saturday night into the day on Sunday.

Snow is expected to overspread the entire area between about 10 pm and midnight Saturday night and then continue through the rest of Saturday night. Snow is then expected to continue throughout much of, if not all of the day on Sunday. The snow may be moderate to heavy in intensity at times during the late night hours of Saturday night into the morning hours of Sunday.

The snow then looks to come to an end during Sunday evening.

As far as forecast snow amounts: My current thinking is for snow amounts to generally be in the 7 to 9 inch range across much of the region. The exception looks to be across the Pioneer Valley of Western Mass where 5 to 7 inches of snow looks likely. These slightly lower amounts are due to shadowing and some down sloping of the easterly wind flow off of the Worcester Hills.

You can see how much I’m forecasting with the map attached to this post.



In addition to the snow, I still think that east to northeast winds will gust up to 30 to 40 mph at times, which will lead to blowing snow at times from late Saturday night through much of the day on Sunday.

Also, I still think that the snow consistency will be wet, sticky and heavy and thus, it’ll be tough to plow and shovel.

I continue to keep very close tabs on this storm and will have more updates over the next couple of days.

Temperatures on Saturday night will be between 25 and 30 Degrees. Temperatures during Sunday will be between 30 and 35 Degrees.

Another Storm Still Looks Likely For Tuesday Night Into Wednesday Morning: A pretty substantial low pressure system is expected to track across New England during Tuesday night before moving to the northeast during Wednesday. This storm could bring a combination of snow, heavy rain and strong winds to the entire area throughout Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

At this point, it looks like precipitation will start out as snow during Tuesday evening. The snow may fall for a few hours during the overnight hours of Tuesday night leading to an accumulation of a couple to a few inches of snow.

The snow then will probably change to all rain just before sunrise Wednesday morning. The rain is then expected to continue throughout Wednesday morning before ending during the early afternoon hours of Wednesday. I do think that the rain may be heavy in intensity at times during Wednesday morning. It should be mentioned that the potential is there for about an inch of rain to occur during Wednesday morning. This rain falling on top of both an already existing snow pack and a very saturated ground could lead to renewed flood concerns.

In addition to all of this, it looks windy throughout Tuesday night and Wednesday morning with southeast winds gusting up to 40-45 mph at times.

I will be closely watching this second storm for you and will have updates at least once a day.


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