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Favorable Weather Looks Likely For Monday’s Solar Eclipse Across Western & Central Mass

For Tonight: Cloudy skies are expected throughout the night tonight. A very isolated snow shower or two is possible, but overall most areas will stay precipitation free. Low temperatures will be between 30 and 35 Degrees. Winds will be Northwest at 10 to 20 mph.

Saturday: The low pressure system that brought us all of the nasty winter weather Wednesday night into yesterday is expected to back in from the east during Saturday.

This means that cloudy skies are expected throughout the day Saturday and there is likely to be some scattered showers during the mid and late afternoon hours. High temperatures will be between 40 and 45 Degrees. Winds will be North to Northwest at 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph.

Sunday: Clouds look to stick around for a good part of the day on Sunday, but I do think that we will see some partly sunny skies by late in the day.

High temperatures will be near 45 Degrees. Winds will be North to Northwest at 10 to 15 mph.

Forecast For Monday’s Solar Eclipse: The weather forecast for Monday’s solar eclipse continues to look quite favorable with plenty of sunshine expected along with high temperatures between 60 and 65 Degrees. While we will not see full 100 percent totality here in Western & Central Mass, we will see anywhere between 92% and 94% totality with the peak of the eclipse occurring between 3:25 pm and 3:30 pm.

Those of you planning on traveling north or west to see totality should know that northern New York State, northern Vermont, northern New Hampshire and northern Maine continues to look very favorable to see the total eclipse of the sun. Plenty of sunshine looks likely across these areas.

As far as western New York State and northwestern Pennsylvania, the weather may be a lot more touch and go with a mixture of sunshine and clouds expected.

Finally, if you are indeed traveling to northern New York, northern Vermont, northern New Hampshire or northern Maine to see the total eclipse, please drive hyper aware as roads are going to be extremely crowded with very long travel delays likely (I’ve heard travel times will be 3 to 5 times longer than usual). People are going to be traveling there from all over the world (there are eclipse chasers that travel the world to see eclipses).

Also, those of you travel to northern New York, northern Vermont, northern New Hampshire and northern Maine should know that those back roads are going to be a huge mess due to very muddy conditions due to the snow melt that’ll be occurring. Probably best to stay on those main roads to avoid getting stuck.

Additionally, parts of northern New England are still without power due to the heavy wet snow that occurred Wednesday into yesterday and some spots may not get power back until Monday at the earliest. This will certainly lead to even more traffic delays.

For me, I’m staying put here!! As much as I would love to see a total eclipse of the sun, I have no want at all to put up with the insane traffic, the extremely long traffic backups and the idiots on the roads.

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