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Record High Temps This Weekend; Heavy Showers & Thunderstorms Expected From 5-10 am Sunday Morning

For The Rest Of Today: An area of high pressure offshore of the East Coast of the United States and a strong frontal system over the Midwestern United States will combine to bring gusty southwest winds to Western and Central Mass the rest of today. This southwesterly wind glow will also bring record breaking warmth to our area today as well. High temperatures this afternoon will be between 59 and 63 Degrees. Worcester’s record high temperature for today is 58 Degrees set in 1924. Springfield’s record high temperature for today is 58 Degrees set in 1980. Both of these record high temperatures could either be tied or broken today.

There is expected to be plenty of clouds throughout the rest of today. Even though most areas will be dry, there is the possibility of a shower or two across Western Mass this afternoon. Additionally, some very sporadic sprinkles or even drizzle is possible at times across the entire area the rest of today.

Southwest winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph are expected throughout the rest of today.

Tonight Through Sunday Morning: Very mild temperatures are expected tonight through Sunday morning with yet another record high temperature expected to be broken on Sunday morning.

Widespread heavy showers with a few thunderstorms are expected to move into Western and Central Mass by about 5 to 6 am Sunday morning. These heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms will then continue for a few hours Sunday morning before coming to an end by 9-10 am Sunday. I am still concerned about the possibility that one or two of these thunderstorms could be strong to severe & could produce up to 50 to 60 mph wind gusts.

That cold front will push off of the Southern New England coast by midday Sunday.

Record high temperatures are expected on Sunday morning. Temperatures during Sunday morning will peak at around 65 Degrees. Worcester’s record high temperature Sunday is 59 Degrees set in 2018. Springfield’s record high temperature on Sunday is 55 Degrees set in 2017. Both of these record high temperatures are likely to be broken on Sunday.

Sunday Afternoon: West winds behind the cold front will bring drier air into Western and Central Mass during Sunday afternoon with some partial clearing expected. Temperatures during Sunday afternoon are expected to fall through the 50s.

Sunday Night: A strong high pressure system over Quebec province will give the area clear skies on Sunday night. Low temperatures Sunday night will be near 25 Degrees.

Monday: Monday is expected to be partly sunny with high temperatures between 40 and 45 Degrees.

Tuesday: An area of high pressure will control our weather throughout most of the day and thus I expect partly sunny skies for a majority of Tuesday. Some clouds will be on the increase by late in the day as a weak low pressure system approaches us from the southwest. High temperatures Tuesday will be between 40 and 45 Degrees.

Tuesday Night Through Wednesday: A weak area of low pressure, produced by the interaction between a piece of energy lifting out of the central United States and a stalled frontal boundary located to the south of New England, is expected to cross New England late Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

This means that a mixture of light snow and light rain is expected on Tuesday night. Little or no snow accumulation is expected across much of Western and Central Mass. The exception may be along and north of Route 2 where up to one inch of snow accumulation is possible.

The light snow-light rain mix will end around sunrise Wednesday morning.

Wednesday is then expected to be generally cloudy with high temperatures near 45 Degrees.

Wednesday Night Through Thursday: A stronger low pressure system is expected to move across central or northern New England later Wednesday night and Thursday. It appears that there may be enough mild air around for the precipitation with this storm to be mostly all rain from late Wednesday night through Thursday morning. The exception may be along and north of Route 2 where snow may mix in with the rain at times late Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

The rain with this storm will end by midday Thursday with cloudy skies expected during Thursday afternoon.

Low temperatures Wednesday night will be between 35 and 40 Degrees. High temperatures Thursday will be between 40 and 45 Degrees.

Friday: Partly sunny skies with colder temperatures are expected on Friday. High temperatures Friday will be near 30 Degrees.

Possible Storm For Next Weekend: An area of low pressure is expected to cross either southern New England or track near the southern New England coast late Saturday night and Sunday. The exact track of this storm right now is very uncertain, as it should be for a storm that is more than a week away.

So, there are at least a couple of possibilities – The first is for the storm system to track right across southern or central New England. A track like this would mean snow to start with on Saturday night that changes to rain next Sunday.

A second possible storm track is one that the low pressure system tracks near the south coast of New England before heading into the Gulf of Maine. A track like this would mean mostly all snow on Saturday night and next Sunday with enough snow to plow.

At this point, I do think that we will see snow to start with next Saturday night that continues into next Sunday morning. From there, the snow may either mix with or change to rain later next Sunday morning into next Sunday afternoon before ending next Sunday evening.

Obviously, there is plenty of time to keep an eye on next weekend’s possible storm & I will keep you updated as needed.

Thank you for reading my latest forecast for Western and Central Mass.

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