For The Rest Of Today & Tonight: A strong cold front is expected to push across the area this afternoon. This front is going to bring a big change in the weather, especially as we head into later this afternoon and tonight. Rain showers are expected to continue across Western and Central Mass through the rest of this morning into early this afternoon. Once that strong cold front sweeps through the area, temperatures are expected to fall through the 30s and the rain will change to snow starting by mid-afternoon. The changeover from rain to snow is expected to occur first in the Berkshires during the early afternoon hours and then in the hilltowns of Western Mass and in the Worcester Hills by about mid-afternoon. By late this afternoon, a changeover to snow is expected to occur across most of the rest of Western and Central Mass. The exception to this will be in the Connecticut River Valley where downsloping and subsidence will lead to the precipitation staying spotty intermittent light rain throughout all of this afternoon into early this evening. Light snow is expected to continue through all of this evening across a majority of Western and Central Mass (exception looks to be the Connecticut River Valley where some light rain may end as a couple of flakes of snow this evening). All precipitation will gradually come to an end after midnight tonight. In addition to all of this, it is expected to become windy this afternoon and remain windy through tonight with west winds gusting up to 30 to 40 mph at times. These gusty winds combined with any falling snow could lead to some blowing snow and reduced visibility, which could affect the late afternoon and evening commute. Temperatures the rest of this morning will be between 40 and 45 Degrees with temperatures falling through the 30s this afternoon. Low temperatures tonight will be near 25 Degrees. Our forecast snow accumulation map for this afternoon into tonight can be found below:
Saturday: A sunny, but cold and windy day is expected across all of Western and Central Mass. High temperatures Saturday will be between 34 and 38 Degrees. West winds are expected to gust up to 30 to 35 mph at times throughout the day on Saturday. Wind chill temperatures on Saturday will range from the upper teens to mid 20s throughout the day on Saturday. Sunday: It looks like there will be sunshine to start with on Sunday, however, clouds will be on the increase during the afternoon. It will be a cold day on Sunday with high temperatures between 35 and 40 Degrees. Sunday Night Through Monday: I am also keeping an eye on the next weather system that could bring a little bit of snow to Western and Central Mass on Sunday night into Monday. The signals and data for this particular system are not strong at all and in fact, the overall signal for accumulating snow seems to be diminishing. An area of low pressure is expected to form near the New Jersey coast on Sunday night and move near the Cape on Monday morning before heading for Atlantic Canada. The weather forecast guidance is much weaker with their forecast strength of this low pressure system, which leads to a scenario that features spotty and intermittent light snow late Sunday night and Monday morning. My Thinking Is That we probably will see some light snow for a while beginning around or just after midnight Sunday night and continuing into Monday morning before ending by late morning or early afternoon Monday. An inch to maybe 2 inches of snow accumulation look most possible right now given how weak this system looks. With that said, I’m going to be keeping a close eye on it and will have updates as needed. Tuesday Through Thursday: The weather looks quiet for Tuesday and Wednesday with partly sunny skies expected both days. High temperatures Tuesday will be between 35 and 40 Degrees. High temperatures Wednesday will be between 40 and 45 Degrees. On Thursday, a frontal system could push through the area bringing the possibility of a few rain showers. Some of the weather forecast guidance (GFS model, in particular) are forecasting a low pressure system to form along the front, which would lead to accumulating snow instead on Thursday. At this point, that looks like an outlier and will be disregarded and instead, I’m thinking a mixture of sunshine and clouds with a few rain showers for Thursday. High temperatures Thursday will be between 40 and 45 Degrees.