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On & Off Showers Will Persist Through Friday & Even Saturday Across Western & Central Mass

For The Rest Of This Afternoon: An area of low pressure is expected to track to the south and southeast of Nantucket this afternoon. Some drier air wrapping in behind this storm system will lead to a break in the rain during the remaining parts of this afternoon. Still though, it is expected to remain cloudy throughout the rest of this afternoon and there may still be a few showers around.

Temperatures will be around 45 Degrees. Winds will be Northeast at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight & Friday: An upper level low pressure is expected to push into southern New England during the day on Friday.

This means that low clouds, areas of fog and scattered showers are expected throughout tonight and all day Friday.

Temperatures tonight will be between 40 and 45 Degrees. Temperatures during Friday will remain between 40 and 45 Degrees. Winds tonight will be North at 10 to 20 mph. Winds on Friday will be North to Northwest at 5 to 10 mph.

Friday Night & Saturday: A frontal system is expected to push through the area during later Friday night and Saturday morning. This means that scattered showers will persist throughout Friday night and Saturday with some of the showers being in the form of snow showers during late Friday night and Saturday morning.

Friday night will be cloudy with scattered rain showers during the evening and then scattered rain and snow showers during the after midnight hours. Low temperatures will be near 35 Degrees. Winds will be Southwest at 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday looks to be cloudy and there will be persisting scattered snow and rain showers during the morning. High temperatures will be between 40 and 45 Degrees. Winds will be West at 10 to 20 mph.

New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day: No weather problems are expected as we ring in the New Year due to a weak high pressure system pushing through the area.

New Year’s Eve looks sunny with high temperatures near 40 Degrees.

Partly cloudy skies are expected on Sunday night and no weather issues are expected for First Night celebrations. Low temperatures will be between 25 and 30 Degrees.

New Year’s Day is expected to be partly sunny with high temperatures near 40 Degrees.

Tuesday & Wednesday: A dry weather pattern looks to continue through Tuesday and Wednesday.

Tuesday looks sunny to partly sunny with high temperatures near 40 Degrees.

Wednesday will be sunny to partly sunny with high temperatures near 40 Degrees.

Winter Is FAR From Being Over: I have seen a lot of comments out there in the meteorology community in the last week or so saying that winter is already over here in Southern New England. These comments are extremely premature and downright incorrect as I do think that winter is very much far from being over.

It’s worth mentioning that here in Western & Central Mass, 75 percent of major winter storms during moderate to strong El Niño winters (like this winter) occur after January 20th.

In addition, the halfway point of winter in terms of snowfall is actually around February 8th during El Niño years.

This means that I’m not canceling winter at all!!

In fact, remember when I sent out my winter forecast back on October 31st that I said February was going to be our "big" month in terms of winter weather chances across Western and Central Mass. I still very much believe that. I also still think that snow totals across the area will end up being near average by the time everything is said and done.

The point is that we still have a VERY long ways to go and winter is very far from being over.


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