This Afternoon: A double barreled low pressure system sits to the southeast of Nantucket this afternoon. This storm system is expected to move away very slowly over the next 24 hours. This means that areas of drizzle and intermittent very light snow is expected to continue this afternoon. Temperatures will range from the mid and upper 30s in the Pioneer Valley and south of the Mass Pike to the low 30s across the Hilltowns of Western Mass and the Worcester Hills where areas of freezing drizzle is possible. Fortunately though, road temperatures are now above freezing and most roads now have been treated, therefore, slippery roads are not expected. Tonight: Any leftover snow shower or freezing drizzle activity will end this evening. Skies will remain cloudy after midnight tonight. Low temperatures tonight will be near 25 Degrees. Wednesday & Wednesday Night: An upper level low pressure system will be centered over New England on Wednesday. Moisture rotating around this upper level low may lead to some snow shower activity during Wednesday afternoon, especially across Central Mass. High temperatures Wednesday will be between 30 and 35 Degrees. Wednesday night looks cloudy with low temperatures between 20 and 25 Degrees. Thursday: An area of high pressure will begin to build into the area on Thursday. This means that skies on Thursday will be partly sunny with high temperatures near 35 Degrees. Friday: It appears that a frontal boundary will push across the area during Friday. It appears that there will be enough mild air around so that precipitation will fall as mostly rain along and south of the Mass Pike and a rain-snow mix north of the Mass Pike during Friday afternoon. The rain or rain-snow mix will come to an end during Friday evening. High temperatures Friday will be between 35 and 40 Degrees. A Storm To Really Watch For Sunday: It appears that another coastal storm could bring another round of accumulating snow to Western and Central Mass on Sunday. There is the possibility that a low pressure system could form near the North Carolina and Virginia coast on Sunday morning and head northeastward. The exact track of this storm system in relation to Southern New England will be crucial in determining whether we miss out on this storm or whether we see another significant snowfall. Comparing the current weather pattern to what occurred in the past reveals that at least a 3 to 6 inch snowfall is possible on Sunday across Western and Central Mass. My Thinking Is That snow will begin across the entire area around midday Sunday and continue through Sunday afternoon and Sunday evening before ending around midnight Sunday night. My initial thoughts are for AT LEAST 3 to 6 inches of snow accumulation across all of Western and Central Mass. Looking Ahead To Next Week – The weather pattern looks quite cold and very active across the eastern United States throughout next week. This means that there are going to be even more storms to watch in terms of accumulating snow next week. In particular, I’m eyeing around next Wednesday (February 10) for a snowfall threat and then again next weekend (February 13-14). All-in-all, my interpretation of the data is that we are really going to be building a snow pack over at least the next couple of weeks and that February could end up with above average snowfall with overall below average temperatures.
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