For The Rest Of Today: A lot of moisture is trapped near the ground this morning. This has led to a stubborn layer of low clouds and fog to be in place across Western and Central Mass. The low clouds and fog are expected to persist through the rest of this morning into early this afternoon. While the fog may lift by later this afternoon, skies are expected to remain cloudy.
High temperatures this afternoon will be near 40 Degrees.
Tonight: A weak area of low pressure will cross New England this evening. Precipitation is expected to overspread Western and Central Mass around sunset today. It still looks like temperatures may be cold enough for some light freezing rain and freezing drizzle to occur across Western and Central Mass from sunset today through this evening.
The light freezing rain and freezing drizzle will come to an end around midnight tonight with cloudy skies expected after midnight tonight.
Low temperatures tonight will be near 30 Degrees.
Wednesday: Wednesday is expected to be the nicest day of this week with sunny to partly sunny skies expected & it will be mild. High temperatures Wednesday will be between 45 and 50 Degrees.
Wednesday Night Through Thursday: An area of low pressure is expected to track across northern New York State and northern New England late Wednesday night and Thursday morning before moving into the Gulf of Maine on Thursday afternoon.
Precipitation mostly in the form of rain showers will overspread Western and Central Mass just after midnight Wednesday night. There could be just enough cold air around for some freezing rain to occur in the upper Pioneer Valley of Western Mass and across the northern Worcester Hills.
The rain shower activity will come to an end around sunrise Thursday morning.
During the day Thursday, skies are expected to be a mixture of sunshine and clouds & it will become windy during the afternoon with west to northwest winds gusting up to 40 mph at times.
Low temperatures Wednesday night will be between 30 and 35 Degrees. High temperatures Thursday will be between 40 and 45 Degrees.
Friday: A much colder air mass will move into Western and Central Mass on Friday. This means that temperatures on Friday will struggle to reach the upper 20s for high temperatures. In addition, northwest winds gusting up to 30 to 35 mph at times will produce wind chill temperatures of 5 to 15 Degrees throughout the day Friday.
So, even though Friday will be sunny, it will be quite cold.
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. The second storm system will probably wait to rapidly strengthen until it’s in the Gulf of Maine on Sunday & thus it will not have enough time to give Western and Central Mass a heavy snowfall. Instead, it is looking like this will be about a moderate sized snowfall across the area on Saturday afternoon that mixes with sleet, freezing rain and rain on Saturday night.
Even though the track and evolution of this storm system looks a little more certain as compared to yesterday, any small shifts in the storm track will lead to significant differences in whether we remain as mostly all snow or if we end up with more sleet and rain rather than snow.
Here Are My Thoughts: I expect that snow will develop across Western and Central Mass between 1 and 3 pm Saturday afternoon. Snow is then expected to continue through the remainder of Saturday afternoon into early Saturday evening.
The snow is then expected to change to sleet, freezing rain and even rain by midnight Saturday night. Sleet, freezing rain and rain is then expected to continue after midnight 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 with some ice accumulations on top of the snow on Saturday night.
So, while this does not look like a big snowfall for the area, it is likely to be enough snow and then ice 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.
Thank you for reading my latest forecast for Western and Central Mass.
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