For The Rest Of Today: An area of high pressure will control our weather throughout the rest of today. This means that skies will be partly sunny throughout the rest of today with afternoon high temperatures near 45 Degrees.
Tonight: Clouds will be on the increase as a frontal boundary approaches the area from the west. Precipitation in the form of rain will likely overspread all of Western and Central Mass by about 4 to 5 am Friday morning. Temperatures tonight will initially fall into the low to mid 30s, but should rise into the mid to upper 30s late tonight.
Friday Through Saturday: A steady rain is expected throughout Friday morning which will likely taper off to a few rain showers during Friday afternoon. This break in the rainfall likely continues through Friday night and Saturday morning before a second round of steady rain moves in for Saturday afternoon. During this break in the rainfall though, I think that we will see some scattered rain showers around from time to time.
So, steady rain is then expected for Saturday afternoon and then we will be watching for colder air to push back into the area for Saturday night.
High temperatures Friday will be between 40 and 45 Degrees. Low temperatures Friday night will be between 35 and 40 Degrees. High temperatures Saturday will be near 40 Degrees.
Saturday Night Through Sunday: It is looking quite likely that accumulating snow will occur across all of Western and Central Mass on Saturday night with the snow continuing through Sunday morning. In addition, there is the possibility that parts of Western and Central Mass may end up receiving significant amounts of snow from this system.
An area of low pressure is expected to take shape near Long Island, New York on Saturday night and head east-northeastward during the day on Sunday. This type of track is such that it will allow colder air to push into much of southern New England while at the same time precipitation is expected to continue to occur. The net result will be rain changing to snow across all of Western and Central Mass Saturday evening and for the snow to continue throughout the rest of the night Saturday night right through Sunday morning. Depending on the exact track and strength of this low pressure system, there is the possibility for the snow to come down heavily at times late Saturday night into Sunday morning.
With all of that said, there is still quite a bit of uncertainty with this storm setup. There are a couple of other scenarios that could occur instead – the first is that it is possible that this storm system could take a much more inland track leading to no real changeover to snow & for just the rain to continue Saturday night and Sunday morning. The second other possible scenario is that drier air could move in before the colder air does leading to a quick end of the rain Saturday evening without any sort of changeover.
For Now Though, I think that we will probably see rain change to snow Saturday evening. Snow then continues the rest of the night Saturday night through Sunday morning. Snow then ends early Sunday afternoon.
As for possible snow amounts, at this point, I’m thinking the following: 1 to 3 inches of snow accumulation south of I-84 & south of the Mass Pike from Sturbridge and points east. 3 to 6 inches of possible snow accumulation along and north of I-84 & along and north of the Mass Pike from about Charlton and points east. This includes the Springfield and Worcester metro areas. 6 inches or more of possible snow accumulation along and north of Route 2. This includes the upper Pioneer Valley of Western Mass and the northern Worcester Hills.
As I have already mentioned, there are many moving parts with this storm setup and the snowfall forecast numbers I am giving you have a high degree of uncertainty to them. This means that these forecast amounts will likely change in the next couple of days.
I am watching this storm closely & I will keep you all updated.
Monday Through Tuesday: A generally cloudy day is expected on Monday with some isolated snow showers are expected. High temperatures Monday will be between 35 and 40 Degrees.
Tuesday looks partly sunny with high temperatures between 35 and 40 Degrees.
Another Storm To Watch For Around Wednesday: If the weekend storm wasn’t enough, I am also keeping an eye on the potential for another storm system to move across southern New England on Tuesday night and Wednesday. We are going to have to really keep an eye on this storm for the possibility of even more snow accumulation on Tuesday night and Wednesday. Given that I already have my hands full with the weekend storm and that this other storm is still 6 days away, I don’t want to get much more detailed than what I already have.
Just be aware that more snow is possibly in the forecast Tuesday night and Wednesday across Western and Central Mass. Thank you for reading my latest forecast for Western and Central Mass.
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