A period of wintry weather is headed our way for Saturday and Saturday night. Unlike the last storm which brought a myriad of precipitation types, this storm will be all snow in the local area. Get the plows, snow blowers and shovels ready!
Low pressure will redevelop along the Mid Atlantic coast and intensify as it moves quickly northeastward. The low center is expected to move southeast of Nantucket Island during Saturday night and be off the Nova Scotia coast Sunday. The forecast track has shifted a bit north and with the expected intensification offshore there is now a much better chance of higher snowfall amounts from what was expected last night and earlier today. Also, we have enough cold air in place and will be on the north side of this system, which means any mix or change to rain is not in the cards, although it will be toward Cape Cod since that area will be closer to the storm center.
Snow is expected to break out by midday and continue throughout the afternoon. An inch or two of accumulation should be on the ground by evening, with the steadiest of the snow continuing toward midnight. Total snow accumulations are projected up to 3 to 5 inches in and around Springfield, with upwards to 6 inches north of the city. Please note the snowfall map to the left of this article.
This all winds down by Sunday morning and then get ready for a cold, blustery day as northwest winds will crank up as the intensifying storm pulls away from our area. Dry and cold weather will prevail into mid week, although there is a slight chance of a passing snow shower or flurry on New Years Day.
Five Day Forecast:
Saturday and Saturday night: Cloudy, with snow developing by midday. The snow will continue into the overnight and diminish toward midnight. Cold, highs in the upper 20s and lows Saturday night in the upper teens to low 20s. Northeast to north winds 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday: Partial clearing by the afternoon. Windy and cold. Highs in the upper 20s. Northwest winds may gust to near 30 mph.
Sunday night: Windy and quite cold under a mostly clear moonlit sky. Lows falling into the low to mid teens. Gusty northwest winds will slowly diminish.
Monday through Wednesday: Generally dry and cold. Mostly cloudy skies prevail Monday night and Tuesday, with a slight chance of a snow shower or flurry on Tuesday. Highs in the low 30s, except mid to upper 20s Wednesday. Overnight lows in the low 20s Monday night, tumbling to near 10 degrees Tuesday night and again Wednesday night.