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A Mostly Sunny Start, Clouds Mix in this Afternoon

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — We are waking up to record cold this morning. The old record low temperature was 3 above zero set back in 1994. The low temperature at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee last night was -4 so a new record low was set. Thankfully temperatures will rebound into the low 30s this afternoon with a mixture of sun and clouds. We will see mostly sunny skies this morning but as we move into the afternoon we will see more clouds start to mix on in. Those clouds stick around tonight and that will keep temperatures from falling off as fast as they did last night. Low temperatures tonight will run in the mid teens to around 20.

On Sunday a cold front will sag through the area and will bring us some snow showers or a period of light snow during the day. This could give us a minor accumulation during the day on Sunday as colder air seeps in.

The plot will thicken Sunday night into Monday! The front will stall south of New England, as a developing area of low pressure slides up the east coast and along this front. Where this front sets up and how this developing storm interacts with an Arctic High Pressure system, over eastern Canada, will determine how much snow we end up seeing on Monday. If this storm stays “progressive and flat” then snowfall amounts will be light. However, if this storm comes close enough and “winds up” then snowfall amounts would be significant! As this point it’s just to early to say. Our compute guidance has been shifting a bit over the last day so stay tuned! Things will come more into focus over the next day or so.

Here is what we know, with some degree of certainty: There will likely be at least “some” accumulating snow leading to at least a minor accumulation. Since the Arctic air will be in place the snow will be light and fluffy in nature. Temperatures will likely stay in the low to mid-20’s on Monday. Also, as this storm moves away another batch of Arctic air will pour into western Mass, keeping temperatures in the 20’s both Tuesday and Wednesday.

Stay tuned and have a great day!

Don Maher


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