For The Rest Of Today: A dreary rest of the day is expected across Western and Central Mass with periods of light rain and drizzle along with areas of fog. Temperatures the rest of today will be in the low to mid 40s.
Tonight: An area of low pressure is expected to scoot offshore of the New England coast tonight. The weak strength of this low pressure system and its quick forward speed will limit the amount of snow that occurs tonight.
I do think that periods of light rain will change to light snow first across the northern Worcester Hills and the upper Pioneer Valley of Western Mass this evening. The changeover line from periods of light rain to periods of light snow will progress southward reaching the Mass Pike around midnight tonight and then the I-84 corridor between about 1 am and 3 am tonight.
The big question is how long will the light snow last before drier air pushes in, which would end the snow. Some of the weather forecast guidance shows the snow ending by 4 am while other reliable weather forecast guidance shows the snow ending by 6-7 am Sunday morning.
At this point, given the quick forward speed of this low pressure system, I really don’t think we’ll see that long of a period of light snow late tonight & think that any light snow will be done by 4 am or so.
In addition, I’m also not expecting much in the way of snow accumulations with up to one inch possible across the Worcester Hills, but generally a dusting of snow at most elsewhere across Western and Central Mass.
As that low pressure system moves eastward and strengthens, it will lead to northwest winds becoming gusty with gusts of up to 25 to 30 mph after midnight tonight.
Low temperatures tonight will be near 30 Degrees.
Sunday: Dry weather is expected on Sunday with partly sunny skies throughout the day. It will also be windy with northwest winds gusting up to 30 to 40 mph at times. High temperatures Sunday will be near 35 Degrees.
Monday: A weather disturbance is expected to cross northern New England during Monday. While most of the moisture with this disturbance will stay to our north, there will likely be residual moisture around for skies to be cloudy on Monday. In addition, some isolated snow showers are expected from time to time on Monday. High temperatures Monday will be between 35 and 40 Degrees.
Tuesday Through Wednesday: An area of low pressure is expected to cross southeastern Mass or the Cape on Tuesday night. The track and quick forward speed of this storm system is not a favorable one for a whole lot of snow.
With that said, I think that we will see snow occur across Western and Central Mass beginning Tuesday evening and continuing through the rest of the night Tuesday night. The snow will come to an end during Wednesday morning.
All-in-all, the snow accumulations will be on the light side with 1 to 2 inches possible across much of Western and Central Mass. The exception will be across the Worcester Hills, the Berkshires and the hilltowns of Western Mass where up to 2 to 3 inches of snow accumulation is possible.
Thursday Through Friday: Sunny to partly sunny skies are expected on Thursday with high temperatures between 30 and 35 Degrees.
Cloudy skies are expected on Friday and there will be some scattered rain shower activity, especially in the afternoon. High temperatures Friday will be between 40 and 45 Degrees.
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