It looks like next week is going to be quite busy in the way of winter weather across Western and Central Mass. So, let’s get right into it!! Some Light Snow Expected For Monday Afternoon: An area of low pressure is expected to pass well to the southeast of Nantucket during Monday afternoon and evening. This storm should be just close enough to produce light snow across much of the area beginning near midday Monday and continuing through Monday afternoon. Overall, this doesn’t look like a big deal right now as a majority of the moisture with this storm should pass to our south and east. My thinking is that total snow amounts Monday afternoon will range from 1 to 3 inches with closer to 2 to 3 inches south of the Mass Pike and closer to 1 inch or less along and north of the Mass Pike. A Significant Winter Storm Is Possible Wednesday Night Into Thursday: Once Monday’s storm system moves to our east, an area of high pressure will briefly build into the area on Tuesday. This high pressure system will pull some Arctic air southward into New England and this will provide an atmosphere that is more than cold enough to snow. An area of low pressure is expected to develop near the Virginia coast on Wednesday evening and head for Nantucket by Thursday morning. There are 2 big questions with this storm – The first is how far north will the snow shield get across New England. The second is where will the heavy snow bands set up across the area. I do think that it will snow across all of Western and Central Mass beginning on Wednesday evening and continuing through all of Wednesday night and Thursday morning before it comes to an end around midday Thursday. It’s a bit early to pinpoint where exactly the heavy snow bands will set up and this will depend on where exactly the low pressure system tracks and the specific dynamics of this storm. At this early point in the game, I think that the heaviest snow amounts may end up occurring along and south of the Mass Pike with still a good sized snowfall north of the Mass Pike. My first thoughts on snow ideas with Wednesday night into Thursday’s storm can be found with the map attached. Also, this looks to be a fairly light and fluffy snow as temperatures during the storm will probably remain in the 20 to 25 Degree range. I am watching this storm extremely closely and will have additional updates as needed.
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