For The Rest Of Today: An overall cloudy day is expected across Western and Central Mass, however, some peeks of sunshine are possible at times, especially across areas south of the Mass Pike.
A frontal boundary is expected to stall across northernmost parts of Massachusetts by this afternoon as a weak area of low pressure moves along this front. A couple of rain showers are possible across parts of Western and Central Mass, especially areas north of the Mass Pike and particularly those areas along and north of Route 2.
High temperatures this afternoon will range from near 45 Degrees across areas north of the Mass Pike and between 45 and 50 Degrees across areas along and south of the Mass Pike.
Tonight: An Arctic cold front is expected to slowly push across New York State tonight reaching far western parts of Mass by early Tuesday morning.
Mainly dry, but cloudy weather is expected for tonight. In addition, some areas of fog can be expected as well.
By early Tuesday morning, an area of rain is expected to cross into westernmost Mass by about 5 am.
Low temperatures tonight will be between 34 and 38 Degrees.
Tuesday: A lot of fast and dramatic weather changes are expected during Tuesday as a strong Arctic cold front pushes across southern New England.
Temperatures are expected to fall from the upper 30s to low 40s through the 30s and into the upper 20s first across Western Mass beginning during the mid and late morning hours and then across Central Mass during the late morning hours of Tuesday.
In addition to the quick drop in temperatures, an area of low pressure is expected to ride along this Arctic cold front. This will lead to rain to start with on Tuesday morning that will change to snow from west to east across Western and Central Mass between 9 am and midday.
The combination of temperatures falling below freezing and the rain changing to snow could lead to slippery road conditions from mid and late morning Tuesday into Tuesday afternoon.
Here Are My Thoughts: Rain will rapidly change to snow first across Western Mass between 8 am and 11 am Tuesday morning and then across Central Mass between 11 am and 1 pm Tuesday. It will then likely snow for up to 2 to 3 hours at any one location with the snow ending across Western Mass between 12 pm and 2 pm Tuesday and across Central Mass between 1 pm and 3 pm Tuesday.
The snow accumulations are expected to range from barely a dusting across the western part of the Pioneer Valley to up to one inch of snow accumulation across the eastern part of the Pioneer Valley as well as along the I-395 and I-190 corridor. Upwards of 2 inches of snow accumulation is possible across the western parts of the Worcester hills.
In addition, some roads, sidewalks and other surfaces may be quite icy as the fast drop in temperatures will lead to any wet surfaces to ice up.
Tuesday Night: Record low temperatures of between 10 and 15 Degrees are expected on Tuesday night as an Arctic air mass pushes into our area. The record low temperature Tuesday night is 15 Degrees in Worcester and 14 Degrees in Springfield. Both of these record low temperatures will likely be either tied or broken. In addition to the record cold, northwest winds gusting up to 25 to 40 mph will lead to wind chill temperatures of 5 below zero to 5 above zero!
Finally, skies on Tuesday night will be clear to partly cloudy.
Wednesday: Record cold with windy weather continues across Western and Central Mass throughout Wednesday. Despite plenty of sunshine on Wednesday, afternoon high temperatures will only get up to between 26 and 31 Degrees. Northwest winds gusting up to 30 to 40 mph will lead to wind chill temperatures of 10 to 15 Degrees.
Wednesday Night: A large area of high pressure will build into the region leading to clear skies and light winds on Wednesday night. This will cause temperatures to bottom out between 10 to 15 Degrees. This means record low temperatures are likely on Wednesday night. The record low temperature Wednesday night is 10 Degrees in Worcester and 15 Degrees in Springfield. Both of these record low temperatures will likely be either tied or broken.
Thursday: That high pressure system will begin to move to our east during Thursday. After a very cold start to the day, afternoon high temperatures will reach between 35 and 40 Degrees under a mixture of sunshine and clouds.
Friday & Saturday: A southwesterly wind flow ahead of a cold front will boost our afternoon high temperatures to between 45 and 50 Degrees. In addition, Friday looks to be a partly sunny day.
These mild temperatures will be short-lived as another strong cold front moves across the region on Friday night. This means that Saturday will be partly sunny, but colder with high temperatures between 35 and 40 Degrees.
Sunday & Monday: The weather forecast for Sunday and next Monday has a high amount of uncertainty and hinges heavily on the track of a coastal storm that will form near the southeastern US coast this weekend. It is possible that this storm system could come close enough to our area to give us rain late Sunday night and next Monday. It is also just as possible that this storm system will track far enough offshore to not give us any rain and keep us dry.
At this point, it looks like Sunday will be partly sunny with high temperatures near 40 Degrees.
An increase in clouds are possible for Sunday night with the outside possibility of some rain late Sunday night into next Monday.
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