For The Rest Of Today: An area of low pressure now located to the south of Nova Scotia is expected to continue to move east-northeastward today. Meanwhile, a cold front now located over western New York State is expected to push through southern New England this afternoon.
Much of the rest of today will feature more clouds than sunshine and it will become quite windy this afternoon.
One thing that I am watching closely is an area of snow showers and snow squalls that are associated with the eastward moving cold front. These snow showers and snow squalls are expected to move across Western Mass from 1 pm to 3 pm this afternoon and then move across Central Mass from 2 pm to 4 pm this afternoon. These snow showers and snow squalls will bring with them a short period of heavy snow with strong wind gusts of up to 40-50 mph. This combination will lead to whiteout conditions in some very localized areas. In addition, any snow showers and snow squalls may deposit a quick inch or so of snow accumulation in some areas.
If you are traveling this afternoon, use extreme caution if you encounter any snow showers or snow squalls as road conditions may become quite slippery very quickly. In addition, very low visibility will be likely with any snow showers or snow squalls making driving tough in areas that are being impacted by them.
I will be watching the snow shower/snow squall potential closely & will keep you updated as needed.
High temperatures today will be near 40 Degrees.
Winds today will be southwest at 10 to 15 mph the rest of this morning and will become West to Northwest and increase to 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 to 45 mph this afternoon. Tonight: A windy and cold night is expected tonight across Western and Central Mass under mainly clear skies. Low temperatures tonight will be between 10 and 15 Degrees. Northwest winds will gust up to 40 to 50 mph at times tonight. Wind chill temperatures tonight will be between Zero and 10 below zero.
Thursday: An area of high pressure will build over New England during Thursday. This means that Thursday will be a sunny day with much less wind. High temperatures Thursday will be between 25 and 30 Degrees.
Friday: That high pressure system will begin to move to the east during the day Friday while a warm front moves eastward from the Great Lakes.
Friday is expected to start out with a mixture of sunshine and clouds with skies becoming cloudy during the afternoon. High temperatures Friday will be near 45 Degrees. Saturday: A frontal boundary is expected to very slowly move eastward towards our area on Saturday. Saturday is expected to be a cloudy and very mild day. Some scattered late afternoon rain showers are possible, especially over Western Mass.
Near record high temperatures in the upper 50s are expected on Saturday. Worcester’s record high temperature Saturday is 58 Degrees set in 1924. Springfield’s record high temperature on Saturday is 58 Degrees set in 1980. Both of these record high temperatures could either be tied or broken on Saturday.
Saturday Night: Rain is expected to develop across Western and Central Mass by about midnight Saturday night with the rain continuing through the rest of the night. Low temperatures Saturday night will be between 45 and 50 Degrees.
Sunday: Rain is expected to continue throughout Sunday morning before ending around midday Sunday. In addition, there is also a slight possibility for a thunderstorm or two during Sunday morning. Skies are then expected to remain cloudy during Sunday afternoon. Temperatures on Sunday will be steady in the low to mid 50s during the morning with temperatures falling through the 40s during the afternoon.
Monday: Monday is expected to be a partly sunny day with high temperatures between 35 and 40 Degrees.
Tuesday Through Next Wednesday: An area of low pressure may track across southern New England sometime around Tuesday night or next Wednesday. There is a considerable amount of uncertainty with this storm and this is not surprising at all for something that could happen a week from now. Some of the weather forecast guidance point to some light snow and ice to start with before it changes to rain, while other forecast guidance shows an all rain scenario.
For now, Tuesday looks cloudy with high temperatures near 40 Degrees.
Tuesday night may see some light snow or freezing rain to start with during the evening that changes to all rain late in the night.
Next Wednesday will be cloudy with some light rain around. High temperatures Wednesday will be near 40 Degrees.
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