For This Afternoon: An area of high pressure will continue to push away from our area this afternoon. The southwesterly wind flow on the backside of the high pressure system will help to push high temperatures into the upper 40s this afternoon. In addition, southwest winds will gust up to 30 mph at times.
Even though conditions will be dry throughout this afternoon, there will be generally more clouds than sunshine. With that said, there will be peeks of sunshine from time to time.
Tonight: Cloudy skies are expected tonight. There is expected to be increasing moisture across the region tonight, so we are going to have to watch for a few showers of mixed rain, snow and sleet to move across the upper Pioneer Valley and northern Worcester County. Most of this shower activity will occur along and north of Route 2 between 2 am and 5 am.
Low temperatures tonight will be between 30 and 35 Degrees.
Veterans’ Day: A southwesterly wind flow is expected to remain in place on Monday as a strong Arctic cold front slowly moves eastward.
Skies on Veterans’ Day will be cloudy and it will be dry across a majority of Western and Central Mass. The exception may be right along the northern Massachusetts border where there may be a few rain showers around from time to time during the day.
High temperatures on Veterans’ Day will be between 45 and 50 Degrees.
Monday Night: An Arctic cold front is expected to slowly push across New York State during Monday night.
Skies on Monday night will be cloudy. Dry weather is expected during Monday evening with some scattered rain showers expected to overspread Western and Central Mass well after midnight
Low temperatures Monday night will be between 35 and 40 Degrees.
Tuesday: A strong Arctic cold front will push its way across southern New England during the day Tuesday. As this front crosses our area, temperatures are expected to rapidly fall from the mid and upper 30s into the upper 20s to low 30s first across Western Mass by mid to late morning and then across Central Mass by late morning to midday Tuesday.
In addition to the rapid fall in temperatures, a couple of surface low pressure systems are expected to track along the Arctic front. This will lead to rain to start with early Tuesday morning that will rapidly 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 hazardous road conditions from late Tuesday morning through Tuesday afternoon. So, be aware that slippery and slow going travel seems quite possible late Tuesday morning through Tuesday afternoon across Western and Central Mass.
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 10 am and midday Tuesday. It will then likely snow for 2 to 4 hours or so 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.
Snow accumulations of 1 to 2 inches continue to look quite possible across a majority of Western and Central Mass on Tuesday. 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. In addition, any snow accumulation on top of this ice could lead to some very slick conditions Tuesday.
Tuesday Night Through Wednesday: Record cold temperatures are expected on Tuesday night and Wednesday as an Arctic air mass pushes into our area.
Low temperatures on Tuesday night will be between 12 and 16 Degrees under partly cloudy skies. 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 30 to 40 mph will lead to wind chill temperatures of Zero to 5 above zero!
Wednesday is expected to be a very cold day across Western and Central Mass under sunny to partly sunny skies. High temperatures Wednesday will be between 25 and 30 Degrees. Northwest winds gusting up to 30 to 40 mph will lead to wind chill temperatures of 10 to 15 Degrees.
Wednesday Night & Thursday: An area of high pressure will build into the region on Wednesday night and this will cause winds to diminish greatly. The combination of the Arctic air mass, clear skies and diminishing winds will lead to record low temperatures of 9 to 13 Degrees across Western and Central Mass 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.
High temperatures on Thursday will be between 30 and 35 Degrees under increasing amounts of clouds. In addition, some scattered snow showers are possible during Thursday afternoon.
Friday Through Next Weekend: That high pressure system is expected to move to our east on Friday. The southwesterly wind flow on the backside of the high pressure system will transport milder air back into our area. So, Friday is expected to be partly sunny with high temperatures between 45 and 50 Degrees.
A weak cold front will cross our area on Friday night. This front may bring with it some cloudiness and the possibility for a passing snow shower or two on Friday night. Low temperatures will be near 25 Degrees.
Saturday looks to be a partly sunny day with high temperatures between 40 and 45 Degrees.
Next Sunday is expected to be sunny to partly sunny with high temperatures near 40 Degrees.
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