For The Rest Of Today: An area of high pressure will briefly control our weather the rest of today. This means that there will be lots of sunshine throughout the rest of today, however, clouds will be on the increase by late today. High temperatures today will be near 35 Degrees. A Snowstorm Is Expected Late Tonight Through Friday Across Western & Especially Central Mass: An area of low pressure is expected to move to near the Virginia coast tonight and then strengthen as it tracks just east of Nantucket on Friday. This low pressure system is then expected to track towards Atlantic Canada on Friday night. This storm system is expected to bring accumulating snow to Western and Central Mass with southern Worcester County likely to see the highest snow amounts from this storm of around 6 to 7 inches or so. In fact, it looks likely that a band of heavy snow with around 1 inch per hour snow rates may set up near and south of the Mass Pike from about Brimfield and Sturbridge and points east between about 5 am and 9 am or so Friday morning. This will make for a difficult morning commute across Central Mass, especially for the Mass Pike from Brimfield and Sturbridge and points east, all of I-290, all of I-495, all of I-84 and all of I-395. Here Are My Thoughts: I think that snow will overspread all of Western and Central Mass probably between about 2and 4am or so Friday morning with the snow continuing through not only the Friday morning commute, but through all of Friday morning. As I already mentioned, heavy snow with snowfall rates of around one inch per hour are expected to set up across southern Worcester County between about 5 am and 9 am Friday morning. This heavy snow will impact areas including the Mass Pike from Brimfield and Sturbridge and points east, all of I-290, all of I-495, all of I-84 and all of I-395. Snow is then expected to continue into the early afternoon hours of Friday before ending around the 2 to 3 pm time frame Friday afternoon. My snowfall forecast map is attached to this post.
It goes without saying that I’m watching Friday’s storm very closely and will have more updates as needed. Friday Night & Saturday: Cold air will push into the area for Friday night and Saturday. Clear to partly cloudy skies are expected on Friday night with low temperatures near 15 Degrees. Sunny skies are expected on Saturday with high temperatures near 30 Degrees. Sunday: A frontal boundary is expected to push through the area during Sunday afternoon and Sunday evening. Showers are likely to push into the area during the late morning and early afternoon hours. While most of these showers will likely fall as just rain, the temperatures may be cold enough again for some freezing rain during the late morning hours across the entire area. It’s something to definitely keep an eye on. The showers will then continue through the afternoon and evening hours before ending. High temperatures Sunday will be between 40 and 45 Degrees. Monday Through Wednesday: An Arctic air mass will settle itself over New England and it’s likely to get quite cold around here, especially on Tuesday and Wednesday. Monday looks partly sunny with temperatures between 25 and 30 Degrees. Monday night is expected to be clear to partly cloudy with low temperatures between 5 and 10 Degrees. Tuesday is expected to be partly sunny and COLD. High temperatures Tuesday will be between 15 and 20 Degrees. Tuesday night is expected to be partly cloudy with low temperatures between 10 and 15 Degrees. Wednesday looks cloudy and there may be some scattered snow shower activity as a frontal boundary moves through the area. High temperatures Wednesday will be between 25 and 30 Degrees.