Two main features will dominate our local weather news over the next several days and that is the arctic air mass that will bring very cold temperatures to the area and the potential for a significant winter storm Thursday and Friday. There is no doubt this will be a busy week for weather. We started that off with Sunday’s storm, followed today with the passage of an arctic front and then we wait and see what develops with the aforementioned winter storm later in the week.
You will wake on Tuesday morning to temperatures in the single digits to low teens and it stays cold all day. With a disturbance moving out of the northern Great Lakes into northern New England there will be an increase in clouds with a chance of an afternoon flurry or snow shower.
Skies clear out later on New Years Eve and another shot of bitterly cold air moves in through the overnight. A gusty breeze will lower wind chills into the single digits to near zero keeping a sting in the air.
Although the first day of 2014 will present us with a fair amount of sunshine it will be ineffective in providing any warmth. An uncomfortably cold day is on tap with a brisk wind making it feel even colder than the actual air temperature. Clouds will be on the increase through the afternoon and these will be the forerunners of our next storm.
Low pressure will be moving through the Ohio Valley late Wednesday night into early Thursday. As a result clouds are expected to rapidly overspread the region Wednesday night and snow could break out after midnight. The storm will redevelop off the coast just to the south of New England later on Thursday and Thursday night to be centered in the waters just east of New England midday Friday. Also, high pressure will be centered in southern Quebec continuing to supply the very cold air and the stage is set for the possibility of a significant snowstorm. Although computer models have not completely come into agreement as yet there are signs that at least several inches of snow will fall. Some weather outlets are already suggesting a foot or more of snow may fall in the Pioneer Valley. Certainly, a potential for 6 to 12 inches is there. The worst of it looks to be from midday Thursday into early Friday. Temperatures are going to be well below freezing through this event which means the snow will be light and fluffy. It won’t take much wind to blow the snow around helping to reduce visibilities and impact traffic.
With many students heading back to class after New Years Day this storm may cause school closures or delays and will certainly impact travel both days. Keep in touch with local news and weather outlets for the latest updates and we will also be providing updates moving forward. Stay tuned!
72 Hour Forecast:
Monday night: Partly cloudy and much colder. Breezy early at night. Lows 5 to 10 degrees. Northwest winds diminishing to 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday: Sun early, mostly cloudy in the afternoon with a chance of a flurry or snow shower. Cold, highs only 23 to 27. West to southwest winds 5 to 15 mph.
New Years Eve: Clouds early with an evening flurry possible, followed by partial clearing later at night. Very cold with temperatures falling to 7 to 12 with gusty west winds reducing wind chills to zero or slightly below.
New Years Day: Mostly sunny early, followed by afternoon increasing clouds. Cold, highs 22 to 26. West winds 10 to 15 mph.
New Years Night: Becoming cloudy, chance of snow breaking out after midnight. Not as cold, lows 14 to 18. Light and variable winds, turning east.
Thursday and Thursday night: Snow likely, possibly heavy at times. It could become windy as well. Remaining quite cold with highs 18 to 22. Nighttime lows 12 to 16.