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Springfield weather: Frigid overnight, sun and cold Friday

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In the wake of yesterdays snow Thursday brought friendly skies and chilly temperatures to the Pioneer Valley. Brace yourself for another stretch of below normal temperatures as it remains quiet but cold through the next few days.

High pressure expanding eastward from the Plains States will encompass the eastern half of the country maintaining fair and dry weather into the start of the upcoming weekend. Although temperatures are going to be lower than normal, light winds and sunshine will make for pleasant afternoons.

Things begin to get more complicated the second half of the weekend as low pressure off the southeast US Coast and another across the Great Lakes look to give the area another winter punch come late Sunday and Monday. There was already some early hype about this system before we even had yesterdays storm, but with models backing off on the phasing of the two systems it now appears a weaker system slides through Sunday. On the other hand, we are still several days out and the models have plenty of time to fine tune the details before the weekend gets here. At this point the thinking is one low misses well out to sea with the Great Lakes system producing some light snow or snow showers Sunday.

If you want to believe the rodents prediction of another 6 weeks of winter then prepare for more snow and cold going forward. Scientific methods of forecasting the weather also suggest that winter in the Northeast is not over by a long shot and more opportunities for snow and cold are likely for at least several more weeks. Are you sick of it yet?

One last note. Today marked the 36th anniversary of the Blizzard of ‘78. For those of you that experienced that storm you know it remains the winter storm that all others are measured against in the Boston area. Hurricane force winds, 3 to almost 4 feet of snow in some locations, historic coastal flooding and drifts measured in yards brought the area to a standstill for almost a week. That storm set the bar pretty high and hopefully we do not see anything close to that one for a very long time.

Enjoy the next few days.

72 Hour Outlook:

Thursday night: Mostly clear and colder. Low temperatures near zero to 10 above. Light west winds.

Friday: Sunshine and cold. Highs 25 to near 30 degrees. West winds at 10 to 20 mph by afternoon.

Friday night: Clear skies and continued below normal cold. Lows again near zero to about 10 above. Light west winds.

Saturday and Saturday night: Becoming partly sunny with increasing clouds at night. Chance of a few snow showers or flurries late night. Highs near 30. Overnight lows in the teens. Light winds.

Sunday: Considerable cloudiness with a chance of snow showers. Highs 25 to 30.