Over the past week or so the weather pattern has certainly become more active locally. With three precipitation events last week and a light snow event forecast later Christmas Eve and Christmas morning we will continue this trend with yet another stronger storm Wednesday night and Thursday. Another potential coastal storm exists for next weekend as well.
Here are the details: High pressure brings another chilly day but with mostly sunny skies on Monday. Increasing clouds in the afternoon will be the forerunner of what lies ahead as Santa makes his rounds overnight. Low pressure will slide across the waters south of New England and with enough cold air in place we are looking for a light snow event overnight Christmas Eve and into Christmas morning. Many of us should wake up to a white Christmas, with light accumulations of from 1 to 2 inches possible. The onset of the snow should hold off until around midnight.
The snow will end by midday Christmas, with skies beginning to partially clear out during the afternoon. A tranquil evening on Tuesday night will lead to more inclement weather that could start late Wednesday afternoon. Expect a stormy Wednesday night and Thursday, with various precipitation types and windy conditions over that period of time. Snow breaks out by Wednesday evening, with a gradual mixing to sleet, freezing rain and to all rain by morning. A longer duration of sleet and freezing rain may hold north of the city. Temperatures warm into the low 40s in most areas. Snowfall of 1 to 3 inches possible in and around Springfield and 3 or 4 inches well north and west of the city, before a change to a wintry mix and finally to rain. These amounts can change depending on how quickly the changeover to rain occurs.
Rain and snow showers may linger Thursday night, with Friday bringing back fair skies and colder temperatures.
Five Day Forecast:
Monday: Mostly sunny, with clouds increasing during the afternoon. Chilly, with highs in the upper 30s. West winds under 10 mph.
Christmas Eve: Becoming cloudy, with light snow developing around midnight. Lows in the mid 20s. Winds near calm.
Christmas Day: Light snow ending in the morning, followed by partial clearing during the afternoon. Cold, with highs in the mid to upper 30s. Light northerly winds. Snow accumulations of up to two inches possible.
Tuesday night: A few clouds and cold. Lows in the upper teens to 20 degrees. Light north winds.
Wednesday: Early sunshine gives way to rapidly increasing clouds. Chance of light snow by late afternoon. Highs in the mid 30s.
Wednesday night: Snow, mixing with sleet and freezing rain. Mostly all rain by morning in and around Springfield. Near steady temperatures in the low 30s.
Thursday: Rainy and windy. Highs climbing into the low 40s.
Thursday night: A chance of rain and snow showers. Otherwise, mostly cloudy. Turning colder as lows fall into the mid 20s by morning.
Friday: Fair skies return. Mostly sunny and colder. Highs in the low 30s.
Friday night: Mainly clear and quite cold. Lows tumble into the teens.