Tomorrow’s storm expected to bring 3-5 inches by afternoon
By James Arnold, Weather Specialist
Region - We better fasten our seat belts because it looks like our weather roller coaster will continue for several more days. Snow, followed by warmer temperatures, rain, then mild temperatures and finally possibly very cold weather will visit us during the next 10 days.
A fast moving disturbance will bring yet another round of snow to central Massachusetts tomorrow. Snow should begin here around 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. tomorrow and reach the coastal areas of the state by noon. It will become moderate at times during the late morning and early afternoon before ending from west to east during the late afternoon and evening. Snow accumulations should be in the 3 to 5 inch range with the possibility of isolated local amounts to as much as 6 inches across central Massachusetts tapering off to 2 to 4 inch totals east of the Route 495 corridor. Right along the coast, as well as Cape Cod and the Islands should see anywhere from a coating to 2 inches from this system, as there is the threat of precipitation becoming a wintry mix or plain rain in these locations. Tuesday will start off with temperatures at very cold levels, in the high single numbers or low teens but should recover nicely throughout the day reaching the low 30s by late afternoon, and only fall back a little overnight bottoming out in the low 20s by Wednesday morning.
The rest of the week will be somewhat unsettled with a few periods of rain and/or snow showers as several very weak disturbances race through our area. Temperatures will be rising a bit each day, potentially reaching the 50 degree mark on Friday. Friday should also mark the arrival of the next significant system. A vigorous front with a wave running along it will move through later Friday bringing with it a rain event with some downpours possible, along with strong winds. This will clear our area Friday night and we will see a return to partly cloudy and mild conditions, with daytime temperatures about 40 and nighttime lows in the low to mid 20s for next weekend.
Along about a week from now it is possible that some arctic air will make a run at us, bring back well below average temperatures. There are some signals that the coming cold temperatures could become very cold by midweek next week.
James M. Arnold is a Weather Specialist working with Shrewsbury Emergency Management Agency; town of Princeton; Worcester Emergency Communications and Emergency Management Agency; Southborough Emergency Management Agency; town of Grafton and Wachusett Mountain Ski Area
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