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Increasing Clouds, Windy and Cold Tonight

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) —  Even though it was a bright and sunny day today the winds made it feel rather chilly out there.  Even still it is nothing compared to what temperatures are going to feel like Sunday and Monday.  A cold front moves through the area this evening.  This cold front is a Arctic front and contains the mid-winter-like air mass behind it!  As the front crosses, a quick snow shower or snow squall is possible and could quickly whiten the ground in spots.  The wind will increase overnight as temperatures fall into the teens in spots.  There is a Wind Advisory is effect for all of Western Massachusetts from 7 am Sunday until 1 am Monday morning.  Winds at times could gust to over 40 mph.  Wind chill factors by dawn will be down near zero. 

During the day Sunday, a mix of sunshine and fast-moving clouds is expected.  A few flurries will be flying around in the strong, gusty winds.  Temperatures will stay in the teens in the higher terrain and only reach the low and middle 20s in the Pioneer Valley.  Wind chills during the day stay close to zero in the hills and around 10 in the valley. 

Monday morning should be the coldest start this fall with single digits and lower teens for lows (the record low is 9).  The day to follow will be dry but still breezy and quite chilly.  We are tracking the possibility of a coastal storm affecting the region as we head into Wednesday though right now the computer models are having a hard time with this particular storm but it looks like there is a chance that the busiest travel day of the year could be impacted.  Stay tuned.

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