By James M. Arnold, Weather Specialist
Region – This is an unusual message from me because it deals with a longer range outlook than I am really comfortable with.? The context that I write these alerts within is centered around potential weather events?that the Emergency Management community would be interested in, to that end,?if I see something out there I try to mention it and at least put it on the table as a possibility.? That said, I am increasingly concerned about the time frame beginning about 7 days from now.
Between now and then, our weather will be cooling down each day after the spring-like conditions of today, Wednesday.? This is likely the warmest we will be seeing for a while, and we will have a few chances for some very light snow through the upcoming weekend as a series of weak and diffuse systems cross our region.? What I am concerned about is the potential for a major snowstorm working up the east coast into southern New England about next Wednesday.? Temperatures?could plummet at that time as well, serving to increase the severity of the storm.? It is way too early to even talk about snow amounts, but the potential for a disruptive storm is there.? This event will begin a period of very cold and stormy weather for southern New England, with record cold not out of the question and potentially more than one major snowfall from the middle of next week to at least about the middle of February.
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