This Afternoon: Even though skies are currently cloudy, it is expected that we will see a decrease in clouds later this afternoon across the area. Temperatures the rest of this afternoon will be in the upper 30s to around 40 Degrees. Tonight: A weak area of high pressure will very briefly control our weather tonight. This means that skies will be partly cloudy tonight. Low temperatures tonight will be between 15 and 20 Degrees. Friday: An area of low pressure will move into Quebec, Canada during Friday and this will drag a cold front across the region. A period of snow to start with is expected on Friday morning, but this should change to rain near and south of the Mass Pike by midday Friday with a snow-rain mix expected north of the Mass Pike. During Friday afternoon, rain is expected to gradually end by mid-afternoon near and south of the Mass Pike & the rain-snow mix north of the Mass Pike will also end by mid-afternoon. Snow amounts on Friday will be very minor and should amount to a dusting to at most 1 inch across the entire area. High temperatures Friday will be between 35 and 40 Degrees. Friday Night & Saturday: That frontal system will push to our east on Friday night with a high pressure system briefly building into the area for Saturday. Friday night is expected to be generally cloudy with low temperatures between 20 and 25 Degrees. Saturday looks partly sunny with high temperatures near 30 Degrees. Possible Snow For Sunday Afternoon & Sunday Evening: There is the potential for a storm system to form near the North Carolina coast on Sunday morning and quickly head northeastward reaching Atlantic Canada by Sunday night. How close the storm moves in relation to our area will be extremely important in determining whether we miss out on this storm or whether we see a quick hitting significant snowfall of 6 to 12 inches. Comparing once again the current weather pattern to what occurred in the past reveals that at least a 3 to 6 inch snowfall is possible during Sunday afternoon and Sunday evening across Western & Central Mass. With that said, we’re still a few days away from the start of the snow & it’s equally as possible that nothing falls on Sunday. My Thinking Is That snow will begin across the entire area around midday Sunday and continue through Sunday afternoon into Sunday evening before ending by midnight Sunday night. My current thinking is for about 3 to 6 inches of snow to accumulate across Western & Central Mass. This is expected to be a quick hitting storm that only lasts 9 to 12 hours at the most. And Yet Another Storm To Watch For Tuesday Of Next Week: As I mentioned a couple of days ago, the weather pattern looks very active and very wintry over at least the next couple of weeks. This means that there are likely to be plenty of storms to watch in terms of potential winter impacts on our area. After Sunday, the next storm in line to watch looks to be on Tuesday of next week (February 9) as some of the weather forecast guidance is hinting at a low pressure system to pass near Southern New England bringing accumulating snow to the area. Beyond this, I’m watching with particular interest next weekend (February 13-14) as I think we could see “mischief” along an Arctic boundary that will be positioned off of the East Coast of the United States. Arctic boundaries are notorious for spinning up some big storms as the temperature contrast between the warm waters of the Gulf Stream collide with the Arctic air mass leading to great amounts of unstable air and energy in the atmosphere. This all means that I think that we could very well see a snowstorm on the East Coast next weekend that could impact our area perhaps around next Sunday (February 14).
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