The winter storm that punched through here Thursday will continue its track toward the Canadian Maritimes. Weak high pressure will allow for a drier but chilly day on Friday. Winds will slacken quite a bit and so the overall feel will be pleasant for this time of year. With high pressure atop the area Friday night we will be in for perhaps the coldest night of the season as the mercury will tumble into the low to mid teens. Get used to that cold because there is much more on the way over this five day period.
Low pressure in the lower Mississippi Valley will march quickly northeastward and is expected to slide south of New England over the weekend. Unlike this past storm where we had to deal with a myriad of precipitation issues, high winds and minor coastal flooding, the issues with this storm will be do we get snow and if so how much. There is no question a storm will be brewing to our south, but does it come close enough to impact the area. The better chance for snow is eastward toward the Boston area and points south, with a mix possible over Cape Cod. For the Springfield area there is about a 50% chance of snow developing during Saturday and continuing into Saturday night. Any accumulations would be on the light side, perhaps up to a couple of inches, if that.
As the coastal storm moves out to sea during Sunday it will bring windy and cold conditions behind it. Temperatures may struggle to reach the mid 20s for highs. This sets us up for another very cold Sunday night as the mercury falls to around 10 degrees.
The trend for cold and blustery weather continues into Monday and Tuesday. An arctic front may bring a period of snow showers or even snow squalls sometime on New Years Day and then an even colder night follows Tuesday night when some of you will wake up to temperatures in the single digits Wednesday morning.
Five Day Forecast:
Friday: Mostly to partly sunny and cold. High temperatures in the low 30s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph, diminishing during the afternoon.
Friday night: Increasing clouds and quite cold. Lows in the low to mid teens, may rise to near 20 degrees by morning. Winds near calm.
Saturday and Saturday night: Overcast skies, with a chance of snow. Highs in the upper 20s. Overnight lows close to 20. Light northerly winds.
Sunday: Early clouds, will give way to generally partly cloudy skies. Cold and windy. Highs only near 25.
Sunday night: Mostly clear and very cold. Lows near 10.
Monday and Monday night: Partly cloudy, with increasing clouds at night. Continued cold. Highs in the mid to upper 20s. Nighttime lows in the teens.
Tuesday: Partly to mostly cloudy, chance of snow showers. Highs in the upper 20s.
Tuesday night: Very cold and windy, with generally fair skies. Lows 5 to 10 above zero.