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A Storm May Impact The Area Thu Afternoon Until Fri Evening With Snow, Rain & Strong Winds

For Tonight: An area of high pressure gradually builds into the area tonight bringing with it partly cloudy skies. Low temperatures will be near 25 Degrees. Winds will be West at 10 to 20 mph. Sunday: Even though high pressure will be positioned nearby, it’s expected that a weak upper level trough of low pressure will move through the area during the afternoon. This means that any morning sunshine will give way to a mixture of some sunshine and lots of clouds during the afternoon. In addition, an isolated snow flurry or two is also possible during the afternoon. High temperatures will be near 35 Degrees. Winds will be West at 5 to 10 mph. Monday: A partly sunny and windy day is expected on Monday with high temperatures between 35 and 40 Degrees. Winds will be West at 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 to 35 mph. Tuesday & Wednesday: High pressure controls the weather for both Tuesday and Wednesday. Sunny skies are expected on Tuesday with high temperatures between 35 and 40 Degrees. Wednesday looks partly sunny with high temperatures between 35 and 40 Degrees. Storm System Impacts The Area From Thursday Afternoon Until Friday Evening: Some very stormy weather looks to be on tap for the end of next week and for those looking for a White Christmas, unfortunately, it could be a rain storm rather than a snow storm. It is looking increasingly more likely that an area of low pressure will take shape over the southeastern United States during Thursday and then ride the spine of the Appalachian Mountains into the northeastern United States as we get into Friday. This sort of storm track, if it happens, would lead to it to move to our west leaving our area on the mild, wet and potentially very windy side of the storm. For those of you that are traveling late next week, be aware that this storm system is likely to bring impacts to a large part of the country from a potential blizzard across the Great Lakes and Midwestern United States to heavy rain and thunderstorms along the entire East Coast of the United States. This could lead to travel delays and airport delays on Thursday and Friday. Here Is What I’m Currently Thinking For Western and Central Mass: Precipitation may start as snow across the entire area Thursday afternoon before it changes to rain everywhere during Thursday evening. A heavy rain with windy conditions then looks possible from late Thursday night through all day Friday. Depending on the anticipated very strong dynamics of this storm, it’s possible that scattered thunderstorms could occur Friday afternoon and Friday evening. As we get into the overnight hours of Friday night, it’s possible that we see a rapid change to snow before it ends late at night. One thing that this storm will very likely bring is a rapid drop in temperature by Saturday morning. With all of this said, we are still 5 to 6 days away from this storm occurring and changes in the forecast are almost guaranteed. This means that given the impacts this storm will likely have on Holiday travel, I’ll have frequent updates as needed. High temperatures Thursday will be between 35 and 40 Degrees. Temperatures on Thursday night will rise from the mid 30s into the 40s during the night. High temperatures Friday could be near 50 Degrees. Temperatures on Friday night may drop rapidly to near 20 Degrees by late at night. Outlook For Christmas Eve & Christmas Day: Cold is going to be the operative word for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Partly sunny skies are currently expected for Christmas Eve with temperatures that struggle to make it to 25 Degrees. Christmas Day looks partly sunny with high temperatures near 25 Degrees.

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