For The Rest Of Today: An area of showers located off of the New Jersey coastline will lift northward into Western and Central Mass by late this morning with some scattered shower activity expected to continue through this afternoon. High temperatures today will be between 55 and 60 Degrees.
Tonight: Colder air will push into Western and Central Mass tonight after a cold front moves through late this afternoon and this evening. Skies this evening will be cloudy, but will become clear to partly cloudy after midnight. Low temperatures tonight will be near 35 Degrees.
Wednesday: An area of high pressure will very briefly build into the area on Wednesday giving us a sunny day. High temperatures Wednesday will be between 45 and 50 Degrees.
Wednesday Night & Thursday: An area of high pressure will control our weather during Wednesday night and most of Thursday.
This means that skies on Wednesday night will be clear with low temperatures between 25 and 30 Degrees.
Thursday will start out sunny to partly sunny, but clouds will be on the increase during the afternoon as an area of low pressure approaches from the west. Some rain will probably overspread Western Mass late in the day. High temperatures Thursday will be near 50 Degrees.
Much More Rain Rather Than Snow Is Now Expected Thursday Night Through Friday Morning: As I mentioned in my update very late last night, there have been significant changes to the weather forecast for Thursday night and Friday morning. With that said, there is also a considerable amount of uncertainty to the forecast as well.
A strong cold front combined with an area of low pressure moving along this front will be the weather maker for Thursday night and Friday morning’s weather. The exact track of this low pressure system is extremely important in determining what type of precipitation falls over the region.
Yesterday, it looked like the storm track was going to be near Nantucket, which would have led to a snowy scenario. This has changed a lot as all of the weather forecast guidance now shows a storm track that takes this low pressure system across central New England. In addition, there is likely to be a lack of really cold air to start with when the precipitation starts late Thursday afternoon. Finally, the low pressure system looks to wait to strengthen until it is near the Maine coast. This delay in the storm’s strengthening means that it will have hard time pulling down cold air until it is well past our area.
So, it now looks like mostly all rain will occur across much of Western and Central Mass on Thursday night which will last into Friday morning.
A changeover to snow is possible over the Berkshires, the far upper Pioneer Valley and far northern Worcester County after midnight Thursday night that lasts into early Friday morning. In these areas, 1 to 3 inches of snow is possible.
With all of that said, this storm is still a couple of days away and the forecast may still change between now and then, so I’m certainly going to be keeping an eye on things. I do think though that the chances for a significant snowfall are quite low now for Western and Central Mass. This may end up being a snowstorm for the Green Mountains of Vermont, the White Mountains of New Hampshire and the mountains of Western Maine.
Record Early Season Cold Weather Is Expected Friday, Saturday & Sunday: Very cold weather for this time of year will push into the region during the day on Friday and remain in place through Saturday and perhaps even Sunday.
On Friday, it will be windy and it will be turning colder. Northwest winds are expected to gust up to 35 to 45 mph at times. These strong winds, combined with temperatures in the mid to upper 30s will lead to wind chill temperatures in the 20s throughout the day on Friday. It will definitely feel like mid winter across the region on Friday.
Clear skies are expected on Friday night with near record low temperatures between 15 and 20 Degrees. In addition, northwest winds are expected to gust up to 30 to 35 mph at times on Friday night leading to wind chill temperatures in the single numbers!!! The record low temperatures for Worcester on Friday night is 13 Degrees set in 1931. The record low temperatures for Springfield on Friday night is 15 Degrees set in 1992.
Saturday is expected to be a sunny, but abnormally cold day for this time of year. High temperatures Saturday will be between 35 and 40 Degrees.
Saturday night is expected to be clear with low temperatures between 20 and 25 Degrees.
Sunday looks partly sunny with high temperatures between 45 and 50 Degrees.
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