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Much Quieter Weather Expected For The Next Couple Of Days Across Western & Central Mass

For This Afternoon: Lots of sunshine can be expected for this afternoon with high temperatures around 20 Degrees. Tonight: An area of high pressure will push into the area tonight. The combination of clear skies, light winds and a deep snow pack will lead to a very cold night across the entire area. Low temperatures tonight will be around Zero. Monday: Lots of sunshine is expected on Monday with high temperatures between 25 and 30 Degrees. Tuesday: Another sunny day is expected on Tuesday with high temperatures between 30 and 35 Degrees. Wednesday: The weather on Wednesday morning needs to be watched closely for the potential for some freezing drizzle and light freezing rain. A warm front is expected to lift northward and combine with a piece of atmospheric energy to produce an area of precipitation that’ll push through the area during the morning. Temperatures during Wednesday morning are expected to be in the mid and upper 20s. This means that these sub-freezing temperatures could combine with that area of moisture to produce some freezing drizzle and some light freezing rain throughout Wednesday morning, including during the Wednesday morning commute. While ice accumulations are expected to be very light, even a very small amount of ice can lead to a lot of problems on area roads. Wednesday afternoon, on the other hand, looks cloudy, but dry with high temperatures between 40 and 45 Degrees. Another Storm To Watch For The End Of This Coming Week: I’m watching for the potential of a storm system that could end up bring the entire area a little bit of everything in terms of precipitation on Thursday into Friday. A frontal boundary is expected to sink southward into the area. At the same time this is occurring, an area of low pressure is expected to move northeastward along this front from the southern United States towards New England. This looks like it’s going to be a really complicated, complex and tough forecast to figure out in the coming days. The reason why is because it’s going to be a race between colder air being pushed southward by that front and a lot of moisture heading northeastward along this frontal boundary. As expected, the weather forecast guidance that I look at has many, many different scenarios from an all rain scenario to rain Thursday that changes to ice and then snow on Friday to an actual all snow scenario with heavy snow amounts. My experience with these types of events and setups is that we end up with more rain than ice and snow. It’s somewhat unusual to see heavy amounts of snow and ice on the backside of a southward moving front, even if a low pressure system is pushing along it. Here Are My Thoughts: I think that we could end up seeing rain throughout the day on Thursday with temperatures between 40 and 45 Degrees. Rain may then continue through Thursday night and Friday morning before it changes to a mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow Friday afternoon before ending Friday evening. Temperatures on Thursday night and Friday morning will remain in the upper 30s to low 40s before falling into the low 30s during Friday afternoon. Bottom Line Is That I’m not convinced yet that this will be a heavy snow or heavy ice producer. Could this change? Sure!! My experience is that we don't normally see an ice storm or a snowstorm in this type of setup.

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