Weather Discussion

Tonight:  Mainly cloudy with a few sprinkles possible, brisk and cool.  Lows: 38-44 (wind chills: 30-36 late).  Winds:  N/NE 5-15 mph.

Saturday:  Mainly cloudy with a few sprinkles or light showers possible (mainly dry).  Chilly and becoming windy.  Highs: 44-50.  Winds: N/NE 10-20 mph.

Saturday Night:  Mainly cloudy with a few sprinkles/wet flurries possible.  Windy and cold.  Lows: 30-36 (wind chills: 20s late).

Sunday:  Morning cloudiness with a few sprinkles or wet flurries possible then a mix of sun and clouds, very windy and cold.  Highs: 38-44 (wind chills: 28-38!).


Skies will be mostly cloudy during trick or treat time.  It should stay dry except for a few sprinkles.  Temperatures will  fall from the lower 50s into the upper 40s during the evening. The clouds will actually help keep the temperatures up a bit.  Winds will pick up a bit out of the northeast between 5-15 mph during the evening but things will not be an issue for the kids tonight.

Our weekend storm still looks to track too far to our east to give us much in the way of significant rain but strong winds are still expected.  The energy and moisture will not “phase up” or join in sync until after the storm has tracked past our latitude to our east.  It’s a case of “too little, too late” with the explosive development with this storm.

The storm makes its closest pass to western Massachusetts tomorrow night.  The strongest winds here will follow – late Saturday night into Sunday evening.  During this time we could see some occasional wind gusts up to and even over 40 mph.  Speeds that high are borderline strong enough to cause a few power outages.  Wind gusts in far eastern New England (Outer Cape, Nantucket and coastal sections of Maine) could get to 60 mph or so and would result in another round of widespread power outages there.

As far as rain potential, the northwestern edge of the steady shield of rain with this storm will get close to western Massachusetts late tomorrow into tomorrow night but likely stays to our southeast.  Just a few sprinkles or light showers are possible and mainly east here in western Massachusetts.  The best chance for the showers will be from Saturday afternoon into early Sunday morning.  A few wet snowflakes could mix in with any showers in a few of the elevated eastern hilltowns late Saturday night or early Sunday.

The clouds will break to some sunshine on Sunday but it stays very windy and cold.  The threat for any wind damage will end by late in the day Sunday.  The wind should have a big factor on the Patriot’s game late Sunday.  Not only will it make the passing and kicking games interesting, it will make it feel considerably cooler for fans than the near 40 temperature reading suggests!

Fall Back Weekend: Don’t forget we “fall back” with the clocks and watches this weekend.  We begin Standard Time at 2 AM Sunday morning so be sure to adjust your time so you’re not early for your Sunday morning plans!  We get a little bit of extra sleep this weekend but lose an hour of late afternoon daylight.  The sunset Sunday will be at 4:43 PM after the earlier sunrise now of 6:24 AM.  And we like to remind you to at the very least check the batteries of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace them if you can.

First Warning Meteorologist Rick Sluben




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