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First Weekend of February Brings Mild Temperatures

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – It will be a rather pleasant afternoon with some sunshine along with moderating temperatures.  Readings have actually cracked the freezing mark, for the first time since Monday afternoon. Temperatures will reach into the upper 30’s! It will almost feel like spring.

A warm front will approach western Mass tomorrow as a storm tracks to our west.  Just about all of the lift and snow associated with the front will stay to our north, as we stay mainly dry.  A few flurries or a snow shower are possible during the day with the best chance in northern areas of western Massachusetts.  Skies will stay mostly cloudy tomorrow but temperatures will reach close to 40.

A cold front attached to the same storm will move through Sunday morning and bring the chance for a few sprinkles or light rain showers.  Skies should clear during the afternoon as it becomes breezy and mild.  Highs Sunday reach into the upper 40’s to near 50! (Record high 55)  Several locations in southern New England will make it into the 50’s.  Colder air will dive into the area for the beginning of next week. (seasonably cold not frigid)

As the colder air works back into western Mass an ocean storm will slide up the coast, but this storm will most likely stay far enough off to our east to keep us dry. Most of the computer guidance keeps us dry with just some high cloudiness from this storm. However, this is not the end of the story. Another storm will develop which could affect us during the middle of the week. Storm development will take shape in the Gulf then slide up the Eastern Seaboard for late Tuesday into Wednesday.

Although the storm track doesn’t appear to be ideal for big snows there should be enough cold air locked in place so that when the precipitation arrives, sometime in the wee hours of the morning on Wednesday it will be in the form of snow.  The storm will probably track up over southern New England so eventually enough mild air will work into the system, either aloft and or at the surface, causing the snow to eventually change over to a mix or rain. However, by the time we see the change over some accumulation will have already occurred. It’s still real early but a few/several inches of accumulation is not out of the question during Wednesday morning’s commute. If the storm tracks further west than the change to mix/rain would happen sooner, if it tracks further east than the cold air would hang on and there might not be a change over at all.  At this point there are still more questions than answers so stay tuned!

Have a great afternoon!

Dan Brown


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