For This Afternoon: An area of high pressure will continue to control our weather this afternoon. This means that partly sunny skies are expected for this afternoon with high temperatures between 35 and 40 Degrees. Tonight: That high pressure system will move to the east tonight as an area of low pressure moves towards the North Carolina coast. Skies will start out partly cloudy this evening, but will become cloudy after midnight tonight. Low temperatures tonight will be near 25 Degrees. Some Snow Is Expected On Wednesday Afternoon & Wednesday Night: An area of low pressure is expected to move along a frontal boundary and pass to the southeast of Nantucket during Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night. This storm system is expected to bring at least some snow to Western and Central Mass during Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night. This has become one huge migraine of a storm to forecast. On one hand, I think that snow amounts will be fairly light with most areas seeing 3 inches or less of snow accumulation. On the other hand, however, there’s the possibility that a trough of low pressure could set up on the backside of this low pressure system leading to some enhancement in the snowfall across some part of Central Mass. The problem with this, however, is that this is not a sure thing by any means and trough developments like this are extremely difficult to forecast. The model guidance that are forecasting this trough development point to snow amounts of up to 4 to 6 inches along and east of the I-190/I-395 corridor with 1 to 3 inches of snow accumulation west of this corridor. Here Are My Thoughts: I’m going to go with the idea that no trough development will occur and instead we see a general light snowfall across the entire area. With that said, this trough development, enhanced area of snow idea is something that I’m going to be keeping a very close eye on. Some light snow is expected to begin across Western and especially Central Mass probably during the early and mid afternoon hours of Wednesday. Periods of light snow is then expected to continue through Wednesday night before the snow comes to an end late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. As For Snow Accumulations – My thinking is for snow amounts to range from a dusting at best across all of Western Mass to 1 to maybe as much as 3 inches or so of snow accumulation across a majority of Central Mass. As I already mentioned, I’m going to be keeping an eye on any enhanced areas of snow that could develop across eastern parts of Worcester County. It’s something that I’m not expecting, but it is something that I will be watching out for. I, for one, will be glad when this particular storm is out of here as it’s been one big pain to forecast. Thursday: A partly sunny, but cold day is expected on Thursday with high temperatures near 35 Degrees. Friday & Friday Night: A frontal system is still expected to push through the area during Friday. It’s possible that this front could have enough forcing with it to produce a bit of light snow during Friday morning. Scattered rain showers are then expected during Friday afternoon. High temperatures Friday will be between 40 and 45 Degrees. Saturday Through Monday: A pretty robust frontal system will very slowly move across New England this weekend. It looks like it’ll be very mild on Saturday with scattered showers expected. High temperatures Saturday will be between 55 and 60 Degrees. That front will push its way across our area sometime during Sunday morning. Once this front moves through, temperatures will fall again towards the 30s and we could see a changeover to some light snow for a while during Sunday morning. So, rain showers may change to a brief period of light snow during Sunday morning before all precipitation ends early Sunday afternoon. Temperatures will start out in the 50s early in the morning, but will fall into the 30s by late morning and remain in the 30s during Sunday afternoon. Monday looks partly sunny with high temperatures near 45 Degrees. If You Are Looking For Lasting Snow & Cold, You May Have To Wait At Least A Couple Of Weeks: For you snow and cold lovers, you are going to hate the next couple of weeks or so as the weather pattern looks very mild with above to well above average temperatures. There are very strong signals in the data that point to a big high pressure ridge to develop over the eastern Pacific and western United States and a big upper level trough of low pressure to set up over the eastern United States as we head towards late December. At this point, I think that it looks likely that we could get into a pretty cold and potentially quite snowy weather pattern starting around the week between Christmas and the New Year. This cold and snowy weather pattern looks to persist into at least the first half of January, if not longer. This means that I think that there could be quite a few winter storms to contend with in late December and January across the area. So, snow and cold lovers, don’t lose faith and hang on for a couple of more weeks. For those of you that hate snow and cold, I’m so, so sorry in advance for what may be coming in terms of cold and snow.