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A Storm System Likely To Impact Western & Central Mass This Weekend

For Tonight: An area of high pressure will begin to build into the area tonight. This means that any early evening clouds and snow flurries will give way to clear to partly cloudy skies. Low temperatures tonight will be near 25 Degrees. Thursday: An area of high pressure will control the weather throughout Thursday. Plenty of sunshine is expected on Thursday with high temperatures between 45 and 50 Degrees. In addition, much lighter winds are expected on Thursday. Friday: Moisture ahead of a developing storm system over the southeastern United States is expected to reach Southern New England during Friday. This means that skies on Friday will be cloudy and there may be some rain shower activity during the afternoon. High temperatures Friday will be between 45 and 50 Degrees. Weekend Storm System Expected Across Western & Central Mass: A storm system is expected to head across southeastern Mass on Saturday afternoon before moving towards Eastern Maine and Nova Scotia on Saturday night. This is a complicated forecast and it is a forecast that is probably going to change over the next couple of days, so stay tuned. The two uncertain parts of this forecast are the exact track of the storm in relation to Southern New England and how much cold air will this storm be able to tap into. A storm that tracks across the Cape on Saturday may be able to pull down just enough cold air for the rain to change to snow across the Berkshires and along and north of Route 2 during later Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening. The changeover from rain to snow may occur across all of Western and Central Mass during Saturday night with snow gradually ending on Sunday morning. One thing that is for certain is that I don’t think that this will be an all rain event and I also don’t think that this will be an all snow event either. Instead, we may be looking at something where it rains for a while on Saturday and then changes to snow during Saturday night. Here is my thinking as of right now – Rain overspreads all of Western and Central Mass during Friday night with rain continuing through Saturday morning. During Saturday afternoon, the rain is expected to change to snow from northwest to southeast across the Berkshires and along and north of Route 2. Elsewhere across the region, rain is expected to continue. Snow is expected to continue on Saturday night into Sunday morning before ending across the Berkshires and along and north of Route 2. Elsewhere, rain may change to snow across the rest of Western and Central Mass during Saturday night with snow continuing into Sunday morning. All precipitation is expected to come to an end around midday Sunday. It is too early to even start mentioning how much snow may accumulate this weekend, especially considering how complicated and uncertain the forecast is. I have created a preliminary map of what to expect this weekend & an extremely early call at possible snow amounts. As I already mentioned, this is a forecast that will likely change over the next couple of days – so, keep checking back!



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