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Nice Thanksgiving Day Weather Expected Across Western & Central Mass; Snow Possible Early Next Week

For The Rest Of Today: Lots of sunshine is expected the rest of today across the entire area. Even though it’ll still be chilly this afternoon, it will be slightly warmer than it was yesterday. High temperatures this afternoon will be near 40 Degrees. Tonight: An area of high pressure will bring Western and Central Mass clear skies tonight with low temperatures between 20 and 25 Degrees. Thanksgiving Day: A milder day is expected on Thanksgiving under sunny skies in the morning and partly sunny skies during the afternoon. High temperatures on Thanksgiving Day will be between 50 and 55 Degrees. Unfortunately the mild weather will be short-lived with colder than average temperatures expected this weekend that is likely to persist into next week. Thursday Night & Friday: An eastward moving frontal system is expected to head across the eastern Great Lakes during Thursday night and then across Southern New England during Friday morning. Widespread rain showers are expected to overspread Western Mass by midnight Thursday night and then overspread Central Mass just after midnight Thursday night. Rain showers are then expected to continue across the region throughout the rest of the night Thursday night into Friday morning. The rain showers are expected to come to an end across the region towards later Friday morning as that cold front pushes through the area. Behind the cold front, colder temperatures are expected to move in during Friday afternoon on a gusty west to northwest wind that will gust up to 35 to 45 mph at times. In addition, some scattered snow shower activity is possible during Friday afternoon, especially in the Berkshires, the hilltowns of Western Mass and across the Worcester Hills. Low temperatures Thursday night will be near 35 Degrees. High temperatures Friday of 40 to 45 Degrees will occur during the morning with temperatures falling through the 30s during the afternoon. Saturday: A cold and windy day is expected on Saturday under partly sunny skies. High temperatures Saturday will be between 35 and 40 Degrees. West to northwest winds are expected to gust up to 30 to 40 mph at times during the day on Saturday. Sunday: Partly sunny skies are expected on Sunday with high temperatures between 35 and 40 Degrees. Maybe Some Snow For Sunday Night Into Monday: The weather may become a little more “interesting” and perhaps more wintry as we get into Sunday night into Monday. An area of low pressure is forecast to form near the area between Long Island and the New Jersey coast on Sunday evening that has the potential to strengthen as it heads northeastward past the Cape and into the Gulf of Maine by Monday morning. A combination of the energy, forcing and moisture from the low pressure system and temperatures in the 30s could lead to the first accumulating snow of the season across Western and Central Mass. As always, the track and strength of the low pressure system will be very important in determining snowfall amounts and how far north and west the snow-rain line pushes into Southern New England. This is something that probably wont be able to be pinned down for another couple of days. For now, I think that there’s enough confidence to forecast snow beginning well after midnight on Sunday night with the snow continuing through Monday morning before it comes to an end during Monday afternoon. It’s WAY too early to even start talking about snowfall amounts, but I do think at least a couple of inches of snow is certainly possible across Western and Central Mass with the real possibility of more than this. I do think that it’ll be enough for me to pull out my snow board and snow measuring ruler. I will be watching this potential snowfall in the coming days and will have updates as needed.

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