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No Weather Problems Expected Through Thursday Across Western & Central Mass

For Tonight: Clear skies are expected for tonight across the entire area. Low temperatures will be between 15 and 20 Degrees. Winds will be Northwest at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday: A sunny to partly sunny day is expected on Tuesday as an area of high pressure is set up to the west. This will lead to a cold northerly wind flow to be set up across the region with high temperatures between 30 and 35 Degrees. Winds will be North to Northwest at 10 to 20 mph. Tuesday Night: Clear to partly cloudy skies are expected during Tuesday night with low temperatures between 15 and 20 Degrees. Winds will be Northwest at 8 to 16 mph. Wednesday Through Thursday: An area of high pressure will be located to the north of our area during Wednesday with a cold, but sunny day expected. High temperatures will be between 30 and 35 Degrees. Winds will be Northwest at 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Wednesday Night looks clear to partly cloudy with low temperatures near 25 Degrees. Thursday looks to start out sunny to partly sunny, but clouds will likely be on the increase during the afternoon as a coastal storm system takes shape over eastern Virginia and coastal parts of Delaware and Maryland. High temperatures will be near 40 Degrees. A Storm System Looks To Impact The Area From Friday Into Saturday: An area of low pressure is expected to move from the Mid-Atlantic coast on Friday morning to somewhere across eastern parts of New England or the Gulf of Maine by Saturday. The exact track of this storm system is going to be extremely crucial in determining where any changeover lines from snow to ice to rain set up across the region. On one hand, should we see the storm track inland across Southern New England, it would mean a messy slop of a storm that starts with snow, but then changes to freezing rain, sleet and perhaps to all rain. On the other hand, if the storm tracks further offshore, it would lead to mostly all snow to occur across the entire area with significant amounts of snow possible. Where this storm is still 4 days away from beginning, I expect to see shifts in the overall forecast track of this storm. That said, most of the analogs based on weather pattern seems to point towards a majority of the snow to occur from the far northern Worcester Hills northward into Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. For planning purposes, I would plan on a messy, sloppy mix that starts as snow everywhere Friday morning, but then becomes a mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain near and south of the Mass Pike by Friday afternoon. This mixed precipitation could reach as far north as the Route 2 corridor by Friday evening with all snow occurring north of Route 2. The mixed icy precipitation looks to then persist through Friday night before it ends as snow everywhere Saturday morning. The area that I’m most concerned about for more than 8 inches of snow accumulation would be areas that are along and north of Route 2. South of Route 2, which includes a vast majority of Western and Central Mass, a few inches of snow is possible during the day Friday before sleet and freezing rain makes things a real mess later Friday, Friday night and early Saturday. I want to strongly reiterate that the uncertainty with the exact track of this storm is still pretty high and thus changes in the forecast over the next couple of days or so are almost guaranteed. High temperatures Friday will range from near 30 Degrees near and north of Route 2 to 30 to 35 Degrees south of Route 2. Low temperatures Friday night will be near 30 Degrees. High temperatures Saturday will be between 35 and 40 Degrees.

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