For This Afternoon: Partly sunny, windy and chilly weather is expected for this afternoon. High temperatures this afternoon will be between 42 and 47 Degrees. Winds this afternoon will be northwest at 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph which will produce wind chill temperatures in the 20s.
Tonight: A cold and clear night is expected across Western and Central Mass. Low temperatures tonight will be between 18 and 23 Degrees.
Tuesday: An area of high pressure will give the area a partly sunny day on Tuesday with high temperatures between 48 and 52 Degrees.
A Coastal Storm Will Bring Rain & Snow To Western & Central Mass Late Tuesday Night Into Wednesday Morning: A coastal storm is expected to move from near the outer banks of North Carolina on Tuesday evening to well east of Nantucket and the Cape by midday Wednesday. Even though this storm system will move fairly far offshore of the New England coast, it will still be close enough to bring rain and snow to Western and Central Mass from around midnight Tuesday night to about mid-morning on Wednesday.
Rain and a mix of rain and snow will develop across Western and Central Mass around midnight Tuesday night. Once the precipitation starts, it looks likely that temperatures will fall into the low 30s by very late Tuesday night and during the morning commute on Wednesday morning. This drop in temperatures will lead to the rain or rain-snow mix to potentially change to a period of all snow between about 5 am and 9 am Wednesday morning, especially across the Hilltowns of Western Mass and across the Worcester Hills.
All precipitation with this storm is likely to be done by about 10 am Wednesday morning.
The snow accumulation forecast with this storm is a difficult one as temperatures will be critical in deciding whether the precipitation is all snow or a rain-snow mix.
For now, I think that the Pioneer Valley of Western Mass may end up with at most a dusting of snow, but more than likely it’ll just be snowflakes in the air late Tuesday night and Wednesday morning with no real accumulation of snow. Elsewhere, the Hilltowns of Western Mass may end up with up to one inch of snow accumulation.
For Central Mass, snow accumulations may range from a dusting to possibly up to one inch across the lower elevations to 1 to possibly 2 inches of snow accumulation across the Worcester Hills.
Thursday Through Friday: Thursday is expected to be a sunny to partly sunny day with high temperatures near 50 Degrees.
Another storm system will move across New England later Thursday night through Friday. Precipitation with this storm may start out as some snow after midnight Thursday night, but will quickly change to rain during Friday morning. Rain is then expected to continue through Friday afternoon before ending on Friday night.