For The Rest Of Today: An area of low pressure will move into the Great Lakes by later this afternoon. This low pressure system will pull a frontal system towards our area throughout the rest of today.
Clouds will thicken up and lower throughout the rest of this morning with cloudy skies expected this afternoon. Showers are expected to overspread Western & Central Mass by about 3-4 pm this afternoon and continue through this evening. In addition, a rumble or two of thunder is also possible late this afternoon.
High temperatures this afternoon will be between 50 and 55 Degrees.
Tonight: That cold front will move across southern New England this evening and it will be accompanied by showers and the possibility of a rumble or two of thunder across Western and Central Mass.
The shower activity associated with the frontal passage will end after midnight tonight.
Now, it looks like an area of low pressure will form along the cold front and this storm system will strengthen in the Gulf of Maine late tonight. This will cause some wrap around precipitation to occur between about 3 am and 8 am Thursday morning. The precipitation type will be rain across much of Western and Central Mass. The exception may be across the highest elevations of the Worcester Hills and across the Berkshires where some wet snow may mix in with the rain very late tonight.
Low temperatures tonight will be between 35 and 40 Degrees. Winds will shift into a westerly direction after midnight and will gust up to 30 to 35 mph.
Thanksgiving Day: A mixture of some sunshine and lots of clouds is expected on Thanksgiving Day. Some leftover rain is possible through 9 am across eastern Worcester County while the rest of Western and Central Mass should be dry on Thanksgiving. It will be windy on Thanksgiving with northwest winds gusting up to 40 mph at times.
High temperatures will be between 45 and 50 Degrees.
Thursday Night: Clear to partly cloudy skies with continued windy conditions are expected on Thursday night. Low temperatures will be near 25 Degrees. Northwest winds will gust up to 25 to 35 mph at times.
Friday Through Saturday: An area of high pressure will control our weather from Friday through Saturday.
Friday will be sunny with high temperatures between 35 and 40 Degrees. Northwest winds will gust up to 30 mph at times.
Friday night will be clear to partly cloudy with low temperatures near 20 Degrees.
Saturday will be sunny to partly sunny with high temperatures between 35 and 40 Degrees.
Watching For A Possible Winter Storm From Sunday Afternoon Through Monday: Accumulating snow and ice remains quite possible starting Sunday afternoon and continuing through Sunday night and Monday across Western and Central Mass.
An area of low pressure will move off of the Mid-Atlantic coast by Sunday night and head for southeastern Mass or the Cape on Monday. While this storm has the potential to bring snow and ice to all of Western and Central Mass, there continues to be a lot of uncertainty as to what sort of track this storm will take. This track uncertainty leads to a low confidence forecast of how much snow and ice may accumulate & whether some areas may change to rain.
At this point, based on all of the available information I have, I think that given the cold air that will be present when the storm system moves in that we will start out as snow across all of Western and Central Mass Sunday afternoon. This snow could change to a period of freezing rain and sleet during Sunday night with areas south of the Mass Pike possibly changing to all rain for a while.
During Monday, the icy precipitation may change back to a period of snow on the tail end of this storm as colder air moves back in.
That said, we are still many days away from this storm occurring and ALL possibilities are still on the table. This includes an all snow event which would lead to a pretty decent snowfall. The possibilities also include an almost all rain event with a little snow/ice at the very beginning.
At this point, my recommendation is to NOT change any travel plans you may have for Sunday, Sunday night and Monday – at least, not yet. For now, just monitor my weather updates for this storm & be aware that snow & ice is quite possible from Sunday afternoon through Monday. This snow & ice ***could*** lead to travel issues across not only Western and Central Mass, but across much of New England as well as across a large part of New York State and parts of northern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey.
I am keeping a very close eye on this possible storm and will have additional updates for you over the next few days.
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