For The Rest Of Today: Sunny skies with very cold and windy conditions are expected throughout the rest of today. Temperatures will struggle to get much above 10 Degrees by this afternoon. Northwest winds will gust up to 25 to 35 mph at times leading to wind chill temperatures of near 20 below zero. Tonight: Arctic high pressure will continue to control the weather tonight with clear skies and very cold temperatures. Low temperatures tonight will be between Zero and 5 below zero. Sunday: After a very cold start to the day, temperatures are expected to warm up rather quickly to afternoon readings of 25 to 30 Degrees. Skies on Sunday will be sunny, however, some increase in cloudiness is expected by late in the day. A Significant Storm System Will Bring Snow, Sleet, Rain & Strong Winds To Western & Central Mass From About Midnight Sunday Night Through The Day On Monday: A storm system is expected to bring everything from snow, sleet and heavy rain to strong winds to Western and Central Mass beginning around midnight Sunday night and continuing through the day on Monday. This looks like it’s going to be not only a real mess of a storm as mild air floods into the area on a strong south to southeast wind, but it’s also going to be a real complicated storm with many different precipitation types going on at the same time across the area. Snow will overspread all of Western and Central Mass around midnight Sunday night and continue for at least a few hours during the after midnight hours of Sunday night. The changeover from snow to sleet and freezing rain and then to all rain will begin first across areas near and south of the Mass Pike by about 4 to 5 am or so Monday morning. This changeover line will then steadily progress northward so that by 7 to 8 am Monday morning, it’ll be raining almost everywhere across Western and Central Mass. The exception to this will be across the Berkshires, the western Hilltowns of Western Mass and the far northern Worcester Hills where the precipitation will be a mixture of snow and sleet. Even here though, the precipitation should change to all rain by about mid-morning or so. Rain will be heavy at times throughout Monday morning and given the dynamics and energy of this storm, there could even be a rumble or two of thunder on Monday morning. The rain is expected to taper off to drizzle by Monday afternoon. Also, by Monday evening some colder air moving in on the backside of that storm system will combine with some leftover moisture to produce some snow shower activity. Localized snow amounts of up to one inch is possible on Monday evening. If that wasn’t enough, strong winds will also be a threat during Monday and Monday night. On Monday morning, winds will be East to Southeast sustained at 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph at times. During Monday afternoon, winds will be South sustained at 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph at times. On Monday night, winds are expected to be West sustained at 20 to 30 mph with gusts of up to 40 to 50 mph at times. The map attached shows what I expect in terms of snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain across each area of Western and Central Mass. This is a storm that I’m watching extremely closely and I will continue to have frequent updates as needed.
Tuesday Through Thursday: Generally dry weather is expected for the middle part of next week. Tuesday is expected to be partly sunny with high temperatures between 25 and 30 Degrees. Wednesday looks cloudy with high temperatures near 35 Degrees. Thursday is expected to be partly sunny with high temperatures between 25 and 30 Degrees.