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A Very Active Weather Pattern Is Expected Next Week Across Western & Central Mass

Tonight: An area of high pressure is expected to be in control of our weather tonight. Some cloud cover is expected this evening, however, skies are expected to clear out somewhat after midnight. This partial clearing will allow for temperatures to drop to readings of 5 to 10 Degrees by late tonight and early Saturday morning. Saturday: High pressure remains in control of the weather on Saturday. This means that there should be a mixture of sunshine and clouds throughout the day on Saturday. High temperatures on Saturday will be between 25 and 30 Degrees. Saturday Night & Sunday: A weak area of low pressure is expected to track to the south of Southern New England on Saturday night and Sunday morning. This storm system should be just close enough to our area to produce some intermittent light snow on Saturday night. By Sunday morning, the very light snow may change to a period of light freezing rain, freezing drizzle and sleet south of the Mass Pike, while areas along and north of the Mass Pike remains as very light snow. The precipitation is expected to come to an end by early Sunday afternoon. Snow accumulations Saturday night and Sunday morning are expected to be very light with amounts of less than one inch expected. Some very light icing is possible south of the Mass Pike on Sunday morning & this could lead to some slick conditions. Low temperatures Saturday night will be between 20 and 25 Degrees. High temperatures Sunday will be near 30 Degrees. Next Week Looks Active For Weather Across Western & Central Mass: There is going to be A LOT of weather to talk about next week as we are going to be in a very active weather pattern. First item to discuss is for a bit of light snow and sleet late Sunday night and Monday. This is something that’s kinda snuck up on us as it appears there will be another area of low pressure that tracks to the south of our area. This storm could be just close enough to bring us a period of mixed snow and sleet late Sunday night into Monday morning. At this point, any accumulations should be about an inch or two. Second item to really watch is for the potential of a winter storm for late Monday night and all day Tuesday. It appears that an area of low pressure, which is expected to bring a significant snow & ice storm to the Southern United States on Sunday night & Monday, will travel off of the Mid-Atlantic coast and near Nantucket during the day on Tuesday. I am disregarding the weather forecast guidance that are forecasting a more inland track. The reason why is because there is expected to be a cold high pressure system to the north & this will block this storm from heading across inland parts of New England. Instead, I believe we should see a coastal storm track and this means that precipitation type should be mostly all snow across the entire area. This means that I think we should see snow begin across Western and Central Mass by or just after midnight on Monday night. Snow is then expected to continue through much of, if not all of the day on Tuesday. There is the possibility that some sleet and even some freezing rain could mix in with the snow around midday Tuesday. The snow with Tuesday’s system is expected to come to an end during the late afternoon or evening hours on Tuesday. I do think that more than 6 inches of snow accumulation is definitely possible late Monday night and Tuesday. A third storm threat is possible from Thursday afternoon through Friday. A third low pressure system is expected to head from the southern United States on Wednesday night and reach Southern New England by Friday morning. Yet again, I think that some of the weather forecast guidance may be tracking this third storm too far inland as there’s likely to be a dome of Arctic air present nearby & this should block this storm from an inland path. Instead, I’m leaning more towards yet another coastal track. At this point, I think that snow is a strong possibility from Thursday afternoon through Thursday night and Friday morning. Snow should come to an end Friday afternoon. There’s the possibility that freezing rain and sleet could mix in with the snow at times on Thursday night. This third storm could definitely bring enough snow to plow and snowblow (4 to 8 inches??). For Those Of You That Are Crying Uncle With This Very Snowy Month – The weather pattern should start calming down during the week of February 22 and in fact it’s possible that we may see milder temperatures as well.

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