First Things First – I wanted to let everyone know that weather data from the weather station that I’ve partially set up is now “live”. You can see what the current weather conditions are in Sturbridge (updated every 5 minutes) by going to https://www.findu.com/cgi-bin/panel.cgi?call=GW0822&units=english&led=0 or https://ambientweather.net/share/4yk76l I hope to have the station fully installed within the next week or so. This includes attaching the wind unit to our shed and extending it up towards the sky so that we can obtain a more accurate wind reading. For The Rest Of Today: Building cumulus clouds have spread across much of Western and Central Mass as leftover low-level moisture combines with some heating from the sunshine to produce some instability. A mixture of clouds and sunshine is expected through this afternoon with a brief snow or rain shower possible, especially in the Worcester Hills and in the Berkshires. It will also be kind of windy throughout the rest of today with west winds gusting up to 30 mph at times. These gusty winds will combine with temperatures in the low to mid 40s to produce wind chill temperatures in the low to mid 30s throughout the rest of today. Tonight: An area of high pressure will build into the area tonight and this will lead to a clear and cold night across Western and Central Mass. Low temperatures tonight will be near 25 Degrees. Saturday: An area of high pressure will continue to control our weather throughout Saturday. Much of Saturday is expected to be sunny, however, some increasing high clouds are expected by late afternoon. High temperatures Saturday will be near 45 Degrees with light winds. Sunday: That high pressure system will move to the east during Sunday and this will set up a southwesterly wind flow across the area on Sunday. This means that Sunday will be cloudy and showers will be on the increase, especially over Western Mass, by late afternoon. High temperatures Sunday will be between 50 and 55 Degrees. Sunday Night & Monday: A frontal boundary is expected to push across Southern New England during late Sunday night and Monday morning. It is very likely that this front will bring a steady rain to all of Western and Central Mass late Sunday night through Monday morning with the rain coming to an end during Monday afternoon. Low temperatures Sunday night will be between 45 and 50 Degrees. High temperatures Monday will be near 55 Degrees. Tuesday & Wednesday: A robust northerly wind flow is expected to set up on the backside of that frontal system. This will bring colder than average temperatures to the entire area. Fortunately, it appears that the low pressure system that’ll form along that front will do so too far east to be an issue. I do think that there will be enough low-level moisture around, so that there will be a mixture of sun and clouds on Tuesday along with some scattered snow shower activity possible. High temperatures Tuesday will only be between 35 and 40 Degrees. Gusty west to northwest winds will likely drive wind chill temperatures into the 20s throughout the day on Tuesday. Wednesday looks like it’ll be a generally sunny, but windy day across the area with high temperatures between 40 and 45 Degrees. Thanksgiving Day: A sunny to partly sunny day is expected on Thanksgiving Day as high pressure controls the weather. High temperatures will be between 45 and 50 Degrees. Thanksgiving Weekend Outlook: The weather feature to watch for next weekend is an area of low pressure that is forecast to originate over the southern Plains states. Some of the weather forecast guidance forecasts this low pressure system to move into New England as early as next Sunday while other weather forecast guidance delays this storm until the following day. This is a system to watch closely because there is likely to be sufficient cold air around for any precipitation to fall as snow across the region. The big question is will this possibly occur next Sunday or next Monday and at this point, I don’t know. Fortunately, we have plenty of time to keep an eye on this possible storm system and I’ll keep you updated.
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