Rain This Afternoon Will Change To A Brief Period Of Snow This Evening Across Western & Central Mass

For This Afternoon: An area of high pressure will push to our east as an area of low pressure approaches us from western New York State.

Rain with areas of fog is expected across Western and Central Mass throughout this afternoon. High temperatures will be near 50 Degrees.

Tonight: An area of low pressure is expected to cross central New England this evening. Even though rain is expected very early this evening across much of Western and Central Mass, it is expected to change to snow from northwest to southeast as the evening progresses.

The changeover from rain to snow is expected to occur first across the Berkshires, the western hilltowns of Western Mass and across northernmost Worcester County between 7 pm and 9 pm. From there, the changeover from rain to snow is expected to occur across the rest of Western and Central Mass between about 10 pm and midnight.

The snow is expected to quickly end from west to east between midnight and 2 am.

Skies are then expected to become partly cloudy across the region after about 3 am.

The changeover to snow is expected to be brief with snow accumulations of a dusting across much of Western and Central Mass. The exception will be across the Berkshires, the western hilltowns of Western Mass and the northern Worcester Hills where up to one inch of snow accumulation is expected.

Temperatures are expected to fall rather quickly after midnight tonight with low temperatures by daybreak Friday morning near 25 Degrees. Be aware that any standing water or leftover residual moisture on roads, sidewalks and driveways from the rainfall may freeze up late tonight leading to the possibility of slippery conditions during Friday morning’s commute.

Friday: An abnormally cold day is expected across Western and Central Mass on Friday. Northwest winds gusting up to 30 to 40 mph will transport some very cold air into Western and Central Mass. Even though skies are expected to be partly sunny throughout the day, high temperatures Friday will struggle to make it to between 34 and 38 Degrees. Wind chill temperatures on Friday will be in the 20s throughout the day making it feel like a mid-winter day, instead of early November.

Friday Night: Gusty northwest winds are expected to continue throughout most of Friday night under clear skies. Near record low temperatures of 15 to 20 Degrees are expected on Friday night. Wind chill temperatures Friday night will be between 5 and 15 Degrees!!

Saturday: Abnormally cold temperatures are expected on Saturday, however, with much less wind, it will feel warmer on Saturday than it will on Friday. High temperatures on Saturday will be between 35 and 40 Degrees under partly sunny skies.

Saturday Night & Sunday: Light winds and clear to partly cloudy skies Saturday evening will lead to temperatures quickly falling into the 20s after sunset.

After midnight Saturday night, an area of high pressure is expected to move to our east and a southwesterly wind flow is likely to develop. This means that temperatures will probably hold steady between 25 and 30 Degrees late Saturday night under partly cloudy skies.

Sunday is expected to be a dry and milder air across the region under partly sunny skies. High temperatures Sunday will be between 50 and 55 Degrees.

Veterans’ Day: The mildest day of next week is expected on Veterans’ Day under generally cloudy skies. High temperatures will be between 45 and 50 Degrees.

Tuesday Through Thursday: A very unusual and complex weather forecast for this time of year is expected from Tuesday through the end of next week. A deep upper level trough of low pressure will set up over the eastern United States during Tuesday and remain in place through at least next Thursday or even next Friday.

With that said, there is still a high amount of uncertainty as to how all of the weather puzzle pieces will fit together. There are a couple of weather features that will play a huge role in our weather for next week. The first is a strong cold front, which will push through sometime on Tuesday. How far offshore this front moves in relation to the southern New England is important in determining whether we will see accumulating snow or not between Monday night and Wednesday.

It is expected that 1 or 2 areas of low pressure will move along the frontal boundary. As I already mentioned, the exact location of the front is important in figuring out the weather forecast. On one hand, if the frontal system is still draped across southern New England, then we will still be mild enough for mostly all rain to fall from Monday night through Tuesday night. On the other hand, if the frontal boundary is to the south of our area, then enough cold air may work into Western and Central Mass for accumulating snow to occur sometime between Monday night and Wednesday morning. Finally, there is also the possibility that the frontal boundary will push well off of the New England coast. Should this occur, then we would stay dry, but very cold for much of next week.

All-in-all, there isn’t much more that I can say except that we are going to have to really keep an eye on the weather from Monday night to Wednesday morning for potential accumulating snow. The unusual nature of the weather pattern is quite concerning as it potentially points to an early season snowfall event across much of Western and Central Mass. So, keep checking back for further updates regarding the weather for next week.

Finally, what does look very likely is that the entire area will be unseasonably very cold from Tuesday through Thursday of next week with high temperatures only in the 30s and low temperatures in the 15 to 25 Degree range.

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