Rain Thursday Afternoon Will Change To A Brief Period Of Snow Thursday Evening

For The Rest Of Today: A large area of high pressure will control our weather throughout the rest of today. This means that plenty of sunshine is expected throughout the rest of today. High temperatures this afternoon will be between 50 and 53 Degrees.

Tonight: That high pressure system will begin to move to our east tonight and the overall wind flow will become more southwesterly.

Skies will start out clear this evening with an increase in high and mid-level clouds expected after midnight tonight. Low temperatures tonight will be between 26 and 31 Degrees.

Thursday: Clouds will lower and thicken during the morning. Rain will overspread Western and Central Mass by about mid-afternoon Thursday and continue through the late afternoon hours.

High temperatures Thursday will be near 50 Degrees.

Thursday Night: An area of low pressure is expected to cross central New England during Thursday evening. Rain is expected across Western and Central Mass during the early part of Thursday evening.

It now looks very likely that this storm system will track too far north and strengthen too late to bring any appreciable snow to the area Thursday night. In addition, the temperature profile of the atmosphere looks too warm to start with to support snow and the cold air will be moving in “too late” for any real snowfall to occur.

With that said, it does like the rain will end as a brief period of snow across a large part of Western and Central Mass at some point on Thursday evening. At this point, it looks like the changeover from rain to snow will occur between 7 pm and 10 pm across the Berkshires and between 10 pm and 1 am across the rest of Western and Central Mass.

The snow is expected to quickly end from west to east between 1 am and 3 am.

Any snow accumulations Thursday evening will be a dusting across much of Western and Central Mass. The exception will be across the Berkshires and the highest terrain of the northern Worcester Hills where around one inch of snow accumulation is expected Thursday evening.

Low temperatures by daybreak Friday morning will be between 25 and 30 Degrees. This concerns me because any standing water from the rainfall could freeze leading to slippery conditions for the Friday morning commute.

Friday & Friday Night: An abnormally cold day is expected across Western and Central Mass on Friday. Even though skies are expected to be partly sunny throughout the day, high temperatures Friday will struggle to make it into the upper 30s. In addition, northwest winds are expected to gust up to 30 to 40 mph with wind chill temperatures in the mid to upper 20s throughout the day. All-in-all, it will feel like a mid-winter day across the region on Friday.

Gusty northwest winds are expected on Friday night under clear skies. Low temperatures on Friday night will be near 20 Degrees with wind chill temperatures between 10 and 15 Degrees!!

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

Sunday: An area of high pressure will be located to our east on Sunday, which will help to transport some milder air into the area. A mixture of sunshine and clouds is expected on Sunday with high temperatures between 45 and 50 Degrees.

Monday Through Wednesday: Another round of abnormally and unusually cold air is expected to overspread the region on Tuesday and Wednesday as a deep upper level trough of low pressure moves into the northeastern United States.

Monday looks to feature more clouds than sun, however, Monday likely will be the mildest day of next week as temperatures fall from there. High temperatures Monday will be between 45 and 50 Degrees.

The weather becomes a lot more “interesting” for Tuesday through Wednesday, however, there is a considerable of uncertainty to the forecast for these 2 days. The uncertainty revolves around where exactly the trough of low pressure will set up in relation to Western and Central Mass. At the same time, I will be watching a zone of energy on the eastern side of this low pressure trough.

If this zone of energy, which I think will spawn a low pressure system, remains well to our east offshore of the New England coast, then we will stay dry, but very cold with highs in the mid 30s and low temperatures in the 15 to 25 Degree range.

On the other hand, if this zone of energy sets up near the New England coast and spawns a low pressure system, then we could be looking at accumulating snow at some point from Tuesday into Wednesday. In addition to the snow, temperatures will be very cold with high temperatures in the upper 20s to low 30s and low temperatures in the low to mid 20s.

Given that this is still 6 to 7 days away, there isn’t much more I can say, except that the weather really needs to be watched for potential snow Tuesday into Wednesday – especially given the amount of energy and moisture that will be available and the abnormally and unusually cold weather for this time of year. So, keep checking back for later updates on the weather for next week.

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