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Snow Squalls With A Quick 1-3 Inches Of Accumulation & Short Periods Of Near Zero Visibility & Extremely Hazardous Travel Are Likely Sunday Afternoon Across Western & Central Mass

For Tonight: Partly cloudy skies this evening will give way to clear skies during the after midnight hours of tonight. It will also continue to be windy tonight. Low temperatures will be between 25 and 30 Degrees. Winds will be Southwest at 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph.

Snow Squalls With A 1-3 Inches Of Accumulation & Short Time Periods Of Near Zero Visibility & Extremely Hazardous Travel Are Likely Sunday Afternoon: It looks like things could get pretty wild in terms of weather for several hours Sunday afternoon as an Arctic cold front pushes through the area.

A look at the environmental conditions reveals a particularly very favorable environment for snow squalls. These factors include plenty of low-level moisture, a pretty unstable air mass and lots of energy and rising air and plenty of forcing from the Arctic cold front. This all says to me that we are going to really have to keep an eye on the progression and intensity of snow squalls Sunday afternoon as the potential is there for a higher end significant snow squall event.

Skies on Sunday will start out partly sunny, but expect building cumulus clouds by afternoon. Snow showers and snow squalls are expected to rapidly spread across the entire area by 1-2 pm Sunday afternoon with activity peaking between 3 and 5 pm. Snow showers and snow squalls will then come to an end around the 6-7 pm time frame.

Be Aware That these snow squalls Sunday afternoon will very likely mean business as heavy to very heavy snow is expected for a short-period of time (between 15 and 30 minutes) that will lead to a quick 1 to 3 inches of accumulation. In addition to this, wind gusts of 50 to 60 mph will accompany the squalls leading to brief periods of extensive blowing snow and near blizzard conditions. This means that you do not want to be out on the roads when these snow squalls move through as briefly extremely hazardous travel conditions are likely. If that wasn’t enough, I do think that the atmosphere will be unstable enough to support a few rumbles of thunder when some of these snow squalls move through.

Temperatures on Sunday will rise to near 35 Degrees by late morning to early afternoon, but then rapidly fall through the 20s during the mid and late afternoon hours as the Arctic front moves through.

Winds will be Southwest at 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 35 to 40 mph.

Monday: A calmer weather day looks likely for Monday with sunny to partly sunny skies expected. High temperatures will be between 25 and 30 Degrees. Winds will be West at 5 to 10 mph.

Will It Or Won’t It Snow On Tuesday? I continue to keep close tabs on the potential for a storm system that’s expected to take a track somewhere offshore of the New England coast. Current indications seem to trending towards a storm track that keeps the low pressure system fairly far offshore. This means that most of the snow should stay to the east of our area.

That said, some light snow seems plausible during Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday night. With the storm system seemingly taking a track further offshore than what was previously thought, snowfall amounts look to be lower with perhaps 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible.

Temperatures on Tuesday will be near 30 Degrees.

Another Possible Storm To Watch For Friday Into Next Saturday: It appears that another coastal storm system will make a pass somewhere near the New England coast on Friday into next Saturday. There is way too much uncertainty with the track of this storm and because of this how much snow we receive is a big unknown right now.

What I can say is that snow is a possibility during Friday that possibly persists into next Saturday. My early take is that perhaps a 2 to 4 inch or so snowfall seems possible.

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