Although it will be a mainly cold and dry week a couple of chances for flurries or snow showers exist, with an opportunity for a bigger event by Friday.
A weak disturbance to our south will bring lots of clouds to the Springfield area Tuesday, with an outside chance of flurries early in the day. Yet another weak disturbance, one in a parade of systems over the past several days, will pass south of New England Wednesday and brings a chance of snow flurries or snow showers Tuesday night and early Wednesday. One half inch or less of snow is all that we may see out of this system and that is not a given. Skies should begin to partially clear Wednesday afternoon, followed by mostly clear skies at night.
High pressure pays a visit Thursday giving us a dry and seasonably cold day. However, clouds will rapidly increase at night and snow may develop by Friday morning as a coastal storm is forecast to move southeast of New England. Rain could also be in the mix during Friday before the precipitation winds down at night. This is all dependant on the track of the storm and how much milder air gets involved with the system. The trend so far this winter is to see storm tracks too far offshore or a developing storm getting its act together once it is too far east of New England. If either scenario happens this time around you snow lovers will be disappointed once again. We will see how further computer runs handle this storm as the week progresses.
High pressure should arrive in time for next weekend. It will stay slightly below normal in the temperature department.
Expect below normal cold for most of this week, although by Friday we should be at or slightly above seasonal averages.
Five Day Forecast
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, with a chance of morning flurries. Cold, highs 26 to 30. Light northwest winds around 5 mph, becoming northeast.
Tuesday night: Cloudy, chance of snow flurries or snow showers by morning. Lows around 20 degrees. Winds near calm.
Wednesday: Chance of snow flurries or snow showers, followed by partial clearing through the afternoon. Highs around 35. Winds becoming northwest 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday night: Mostly clear and colder. Lows 8 to 12.
Thursday: Sunny and breezy. Highs 30 to 34.
Thursday night and Friday: Cloudy, chance of snow late at night and Friday, possibly mixing with rain by Friday afternoon. Lows Thursday night 24 to 28. Highs on Friday 34 to 38.
Friday night: Precipitation ends. Turning colder, with lows 12 to 17.
Saturday and Saturday night: Generally fair skies and continued cold. Highs about 30. Nighttime lows 12 to 17.