** A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for all of western Massachusetts Through Thursday Morning. **
This Afternoon: Steady snow moderate to heavy at times. The snow may mix with or change to sleet for a time this evening from Springfield and points east, becoming breezy. Temperatures near 32. Winds: North -> 10-20 mph.
Tonight: Snow/sleet tapers to a few snow showers or flurries before midnight. Some partial clearing possible late. Lows: 24-28. (wind chills: teens late). Winds: N/NW 5-15 mph.
Tomorrow (Thanksgiving): Partly to mostly cloudy, a few flurries, cold. Highs: 32-38.
We are in it now! Steady snow will come down moderate to heavy at times this afternoon piling up everywhere. Traveling conditions will continue to go down hill across western Mass. The worst of the storm is from now through mid-evening. Be sure to take it slow and if possible stay off the roads all together! Even the main roads will go down hill.
Later this afternoon and into the early evening the snow may flip to sleet briefly as some milder air tries to work in from Springfield and points east aloft, high in the sky. However and change if it occurs would not happen before several inches of heavy wet snow piles up . Snowfall rates will be over 1″ per hour from time to time into the evening. In the valley the snow will remain heavy and wet in nature so some power outages are possible. (nothing like the October snowstorm of 2011) All precipitation will end as snow before midnight.
From Springfield and points east we are expecting 4-6″ of heavy wet snow. If there isn’t a mix or change to sleet then amounts could still be higher. Areas north of the Pike and west of Springfield will see 6-10″ of snow with the hill towns seeing up to 15″ of snow where the snow will eventually be lighter in nature causing it to pile up quicker.
The storm will be gone for Thanksgiving but it will be breezy and cold with plenty of snow on the ground! Highs tomorrow will stay in the lower 30s.
Black Friday will stay cold and dry with sunshine.
First Warning Meteorologist Dan Brown
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