** A Wind Chill Advisory continues for all of western Massachusetts overnight tonight into Saturday morning. **
** A Winter Storm Watch has been posted for Hampden County Sunday evening into late Monday night. **
Tonight: Clearing overnight. Windy and becoming bitterly cold. Some blowing snow possible – especially in the hills. Lows: 2 to 10 (wind chills: -25 to -10 late). Winds: N/NW 10-25 mph with gusts to 40 mph possible.
Saturday: Mainly sunny but blustery and bitterly cold. Highs: 12-18 (wind chills: -10 to 5). Winds: N/NW 10-25 mph, diminishing late.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear to partly cloudy, frigid. Lows: -4 to 6. Winds: Becoming Light West.
Super Bowl Sunday: Sunshine giving way to afternoon cloudiness, not as windy or cold. Highs: 22-28.
Arctic air and strong winds will produce dangerously low wind chills late tonight. In fact, The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Advisory for all of western Massachusetts tonight through tomorrow morning. Winds chills well be down to 20 below from time to time. Also wind gusts could reach 40 mph which may result in a few scattered power outages – especially across the higher terrain.
Saturday and Sunday will be dry. After a bitterly cold but bright day Saturday, temperatures moderate quite a bit on Super Bowl Sunday. Our next chance for snow will be late Sunday night into Monday as yet another coastal storm threatens us. Central New England we will be on the northern side of this storm with southern New England bearing the brunt of the heavy snow. Still, it appears a “moderate” accumulation of snow is in the cards for our area.
Early bets are for a start time close to midnight Sunday night and the steady snow tapering to flurries sometime late Monday afternoon. Areas along and south of the Massachusetts Turnpike have the best chance of seeing over 6″ of snow. The snow will be quite powdery with temperatures near 10 degrees as it falls! Check back over the weekend for any new developments in this next snowstorm of ours. Go Pats!!
First Warning Meteorologist Rick Sluben
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