For The Rest Of Today: Any leftover low clouds and fog will give way to sunshine by mid to late morning. For this afternoon, an area of high pressure will provide sunny to partly sunny skies with high temperatures between 45 and 49 Degrees making it the nicest day of this week.
Tonight: A fast moving low pressure system is expected to move from the Ohio Valley this evening into southern New Hampshire by Thursday morning.
Skies will quickly become cloudy this evening with snow overspreading Western and Central Mass between 1 am and 3 am. The snow will continue north of the Mass Pike late tonight into early Thursday morning before ending between 7 am and 9 am Thursday. Along and south of the Mass Pike, the snow will mix with rain late tonight into early Thursday morning before ending between 7 am and 9 am Thursday.
My forecast snowfall amounts can be found with the map below. It should be noted that there is a possibility for slightly higher snow amounts than what I am currently forecasting, especially north of the Mass Pike and particularly along and north of Route 2.
Low temperatures tonight will be in the low 30s.
Thursday: That low pressure system will rapidly strengthen as it heads to the south of Nova Scotia during the day Thursday.
The snow north of the Mass Pike and the snow-rain mix along and south of the Mass Pike will end between 7 and 9 am Thursday morning. Even with that, skies will feature much more cloudiness than sunshine during the day Thursday. In addition, strong and gusty northwest winds will push much colder air into the area, especially during the afternoon.
Temperatures on Thursday will be between 40 and 45 Degrees in the morning with temperatures falling through the 30s during the afternoon.
Northwest winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 to 50 mph are expected, especially during the afternoon. This will make the falling temperatures during Thursday afternoon feel even worse.
Friday: A sunny to partly sunny, but cold day is expected on Friday. High temperatures Friday will struggle to reach 25 Degrees. In addition, northwest winds gusting up to 30 to 35 mph at times will produce wind chill temperatures of 10 to 15 Degrees throughout the day Friday.
3 To 6 Inches Of Snow Accumulation Possible Saturday Afternoon & Saturday Night: One area of low pressure is forecast to move into the eastern Great Lakes by Saturday afternoon with a second low pressure system developing over southern New England on Saturday night before moving into the Gulf of Maine on Sunday. It still looks likely that these 2 storm systems will bring a moderate sized snowfall to Western and Central Mass Saturday afternoon into early Saturday evening that mixes with and then possibly changes to sleet and rain Saturday night.
Snow will develop across Western and Central Mass during the early afternoon hours of Saturday and then continue throughout Saturday afternoon. As we get into Saturday evening, the snow early in the evening will mix with and then possibly change to a rain-sleet mixture between 9 pm and midnight Saturday night. The rain and sleet mixture is then expected to continue throughout Saturday night into early Sunday morning. This storm will come to an end by mid-morning Sunday.
As For Possible Snow Amounts: I still think that widespread snow amounts of 3 to 6 inches are expected across a large majority of Western and Central Mass Saturday afternoon and early Saturday evening.
So, while this does not look like a big snowfall for the area, it is likely to be enough snow and then sleet and rain to make things quite messy on Saturday afternoon and Saturday night.
I continue to keep a close eye on this storm & will have more updates for you as needed.
Monday Through Next Wednesday: Sunny weather with cold temperatures are expected for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. High temperatures Monday will be near 25 Degrees. High temperatures Tuesday will be between 20 and 25 Degrees. High temperatures next Wednesday will be between 20 and 25 Degrees.
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