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Very Cold Temperatures Expected From Tonight Through Tuesday Night Across Western & Central Mass

For The Rest Of Today: An Arctic boundary is expected to move through the area this afternoon. It appears that lake effect snow from Lake Ontario will continue to stream into the Berkshires the rest of today. This means that some occasional snow shower activity can be expected in the Berkshires with up to one inch of snow possible. For the rest of Western and Central Mass, some of this snow shower activity could affect some parts of Western and Central Mass, but they should be on a weakening trend and thus maybe a few snow flurries would be possible with little or no snow accumulation expected. Temperatures the rest of today will be near 25 Degrees. Tonight & Tuesday: Very cold air is expected to arrive tonight and Tuesday and remain in place through Tuesday night. Skies tonight will be partly cloudy and there may be a few snow flurries around. Low temperatures tonight will be near 5 Degrees. West winds gusting up to 20 mph will lead to wind chill temperatures of near 5 to 10 below zero tonight. A particularly cold day is expected for Tuesday even though it’ll be sunny out. High temperatures Tuesday will struggle to make it to 10 Degrees. In fact, some areas in the northern Worcester Hills will likely remain near 5 above zero on Tuesday. In addition to this, a northwest wind will gust up to 20 mph at times on Tuesday leading to wind chill temperatures of around 10 below zero. Tuesday night will feature clear skies with low temperatures of Zero to 5 above zero. Some valley locations and some of the normally colder spots will likely reach near 10 below zero for low temperatures on Tuesday night. Wednesday Through Friday: That high pressure system will move to the east during Wednesday and this will set up a southwesterly wind flow over the area. Because of this, high temperatures Wednesday will be between 30 and 35 Degrees under partly sunny skies. Thursday is expected to be partly sunny with high temperatures between 35 and 40 Degrees. An area of low pressure is expected to form off of the southeastern coast of the United States on Thursday night and head northeastward passing offshore of the New England coast on Friday. At this point, it appears that this storm system will pass too far east to really affect our weather. This means that Friday looks like there will be a mixture of sunshine and clouds with high temperatures near 30 Degrees. This Weekend: A mixture of sunshine and clouds is expected for Saturday with high temperatures near 25 Degrees. An area of low pressure is expected to form near the North Carolina coast on Sunday and head northeastward from there. The track of this storm system will need to be watched very closely as it could bring accumulating snow from late Sunday into next Monday. With that said, this storm system may thread a needle in the atmosphere between tracking too far south to really affect us and tracking near the coast of southern New England to give our area enough snow to plow. For now, just know that late Sunday into next Monday could see at least some snow as that storm system passes by. It is a storm system that needs to be watched closely and I’ll be doing exactly this. Beyond This – The weather pattern next week looks cold and potentially stormy as a big trough of low pressure sits right over the eastern United States. I’m really watching around January 20th and 21st for the potential of an important storm that could bring enough snow to plow and shovel. The weather pattern will definitely be favorable to produce a winter storm around that time and the weather forecast guidance seems really “interesting” in this storm. It’s definitely something to keep close tabs on, even though it’s still 10 days away.

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