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Weather Discussion

Today:  Sunny and cold.  Highs: 23-27. Winds: NW 3-5 mph.

Tonight:  Clear, frigid again!  Lows: -6 to 0 (record: -5/2014).  Winds: Light.

Sunday:  Sunshine then increasing afternoon clouds with snow developing mid to late afternoon.  Highs: 25-29.  Winds: S 3-6 mph. 

Good Saturday Morning,

Another frigid start out there this morning and another record low temperature recorded at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee.  The temperature dropped down to -13 which shattered the old record of -6 set back in 1964.  That is the seventh new record low in the 28 days this month of February or on average one every four days!

In fact, it’s possible we set another record low Sunday morning.  The current record for March 1st is -5  which was just set last year (2014).

Generally though after the frigid starts, both today and even a good part of tomorrow will be great to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors.  Just keep in mind that if you are travelling back from you weekend plans Sunday evening, you will have to deal with some snow.  Today will certainly be the brighter of the two days as there will be plenty of sunshine but highs only topping out in the mid 20s.

Any early sun tomorrow morning will quickly fade behind increasing clouds. A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for Hampden county from 4 pm Sunday afternoon until 6 am Monday morning.  The could be a few flurries early tomorrow afternoon before steadier snow develops mid to late afternoon into tomorrow evening.  Light to moderate snow will continue into early Monday morning before ending.  Temperatures will be in the 20s as the snow falls so it will be somewhat powdery and should stick to the paved surfaces pretty quickly Sunday evening after it begins.  It now looks like the snow may shut off before much of the Monday morning commute begins but the commute will still be impacted and slower than average.  Accumulations look to be similar to the last two weekend storms we’ve had with 3-6″ expected for most.

Some clearing will follow during the day Monday with a gusty breeze and highs in the 30s.  Our next storm will be late Tuesday evening into Wednesday and for a change looks to track to our west and eventually puts us on the warmer side of the storm.  This would mean snow or mixed precipitation changing over to freezing rain and then just plain rain before possibly going back over to a wintry mix before ending Thursday.  Snow amounts at this point look pretty light with more rain than snow expected.  On the other hand, any significant rainfall could be bad at this point too.  It’s a little early to give any rainfall estimates so stay tuned while we track this storm as it gets closer!

First Warning Meteorologist Don Maher



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