***A Winter Storm Watch Remains in Effect for all of Western Mass. from Saturday Morning Through Sunday Morning***
This Afternoon: Mostly cloudy with a brief flurry or snow shower possible (occasional flurries/snow showers in the northern hills and Franklin County). A coating to 1″ in spots. Blustery and cold! Highs: 22-27 (wind chills: 5-15). Winds: W/NW 10-25 mph & gusty.
Tonight: Partly cloudy then increasing clouds with some flurries possible towards dawn, frigid. Lows: 8-14. Winds: Become light.
Tomorrow: Occasional flurries or light snow showers become a steady light snow late. Very cold! Highs: 16-21. Winds: Light.
Tomorrow Night: Snow becoming moderate to perhaps heavy at times. Temps slowly rising into the mid-20s by dawn, becoming breezy. Lows: 20-25. Winds: E/NE: 7-15 mph.
Sunday: Snow may mix with sleet or freezing rain before ending around mid-day with some partial afternoon sun, blustery. Highs: 26-32. Winds: N/NW: 10-20 mph.
A Winter Storm Watch remains in effect for all of Western Mass. from tomorrow morning through Sunday morning with most of the accumulation falling tomorrow night.
It’s another very cold Deember day and this unseasonably cold stretch of weather will continue right into the weekend as a reinforcing shot of Arctic air continues to push in this afternoon. This afternoonwill feature mostly cloudy skies with the chance for a few flurries here in the valley. In the hilly terrain of Franklin and northern Berkshire County, occasional flurries and a few snow showers could whiten the ground.
It will be cloudy and cold tonight but mainly dry. Overnight lows will fall to around 10 degrees!
Clouds will thicken up tomorrow morning with a few flurries here and there. Most of the morning will stay dry. Flurries will blossom into some light snow late in the day. Just a dusting to an inch will accumulate during the day tomorrow and it will be a light fluff snow with extremely cold temperatures in the teens much of the day. So even though it will be light just about everything that falls tomorrow will stick. The snow will start to pick up in intensity tomorrow evening. (8pm to 10pm) Moderate, to perhaps heavy, steady snow will continue right through the overnight hours. The heaviest snow bands probably don’t quiet make it over the Worcester Hills during the height of the storm. An east-northeast wind will tend to “shadow” us from getting the highest snow rates but we are still expecting a moderate snowstorm for the valley.
At least 1/2 foot of snow will accumulate overnight with the potential for more. The snow may start to mix with or change over to some sleet and freezing rain along and south of the Pike Sunday morning for a time before the storm winds down The wind will pick over overnight Saturday too and become quite blustery by morning Sunday – meaning places that don’t mix with sleet will see a considerable amount of blowing snow Sunday morning as well.
Accumulations: Most valley locations will fall into the 6-10″ range. There is some potential for up to 10″ of snow though in the more elevated areas of Hampden (north of the Pike), Hampshire and Franklin Counties.
Don’t forget our winter storm weather chat Today between 8-9 PM with Rick Sluben where we will try to answer as many of your forecast and travel-related questions as we can!
Have a great afternoon!