HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! For The Rest Of Today: Thanksgiving is already off to a windy start with frequent wind gusts of 25 to 40 mph being reported across Western and Central Mass. Windy conditions are expected to continue throughout the rest of today with northwest winds gusting up to 35 to 40 mph at times.
Skies are expected to feature varying amounts of clouds through early this afternoon with skies becoming partly sunny by mid to late afternoon. Temperatures today will remain steady in the middle 40s.
Tonight Through Friday: Clear to partly cloudy skies with continued windy conditions are expected tonight. Low temperatures tonight will be near 25 Degrees. Northwest winds will gust up to 25 to 35 mph at times.
Friday will be a sunny to partly sunny day with high temperatures near 40 Degrees. Northwest winds will gust up to 20 to 30 mph at times.
Friday Night Through Saturday: An area of high pressure will move right over our area on Friday night and Saturday.
Clear skies are expected on Friday night with low temperatures near 20 Degrees.
Saturday will be sunny to partly sunny with high temperatures between 35 and 40 Degrees.
A Winter Storm Is Looking Increasingly Likely From Sunday Afternoon Through Monday & Monday Night: Accumulating snow and ice is looking likely starting Sunday afternoon and continuing through Sunday night and Monday across Western and Central Mass.
An area of low pressure is forecast to take shape near the Mid-Atlantic coast Sunday afternoon and then move near the Cape during Sunday night and Monday.
After a clear night on Saturday night, clouds will increase during Sunday morning. Snow will overspread Western and Central Mass between about 1 pm and 3 pm Sunday afternoon with this winter storm continuing through all of Sunday night and all of Monday.
There are still many questions left to answer as to the details of this possible winter storm and how much of an impact it will bring to the region. I will say that a significant snowfall is looking increasingly more likely, especially across areas north of the Mass Pike. Some of the weather forecast guidance continues to show a more inland track which would confine the significant snow accumulations to the Berkshires and the Worcester Hills. On the other hand, some of the other weather forecast guidance paints a picture of a significant snowstorm across all of Western and Central Mass.
At this point, I think that we may end up with a storm that brings mostly all snow and ice to Western and Central Mass. With that said, there is a significant chance that this storm could take a more inland track, which could lead to a scenario of more rain than snow/ice across much of the region.
Here Are My Thoughts: Snow begins across Western and Central Mass between about 1 pm and 3 pm Sunday afternoon and continues through Sunday evening. I think that some milder air will work into the region on Sunday night. This will cause the snow to mix with and then possibly change to a period of freezing rain and sleet, especially along and south of the Mass Pike during Sunday night.
On Monday, all snow may continue across far northern and far western Mass with a mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain elsewhere across Western and Central Mass. A changeover to all snow may occur across the entire region during Monday night before this storm comes to an end Tuesday morning.
All-in-all, this looks to be about a 40 hour winter storm that may bring significant travel problems to Western and Central Mass, especially on Sunday night and Monday.
If you have travel plans from late Sunday afternoon through Sunday night, Monday and Monday night, you may want to think about either leaving earlier (Saturday night or even first thing Sunday morning) or delaying your trip until Tuesday, if you can. This snow and ice will also lead to travel issues across much of New England as well as across a large part of New York State and parts of northern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey.
You will find my first thoughts on possible total snow accumulations from this storm below. Be aware that these forecast amounts WILL change over the next couple of days & there is the possibility that I may have to significantly increase my forecast snow amounts should this storm remain as all snow.
Keep checking back for updates on our first potential winter storm of the season.
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