Today’s light snow event generally dropped a coating to one inch of snow throughout the greater Springfield area. Although this was only nuisance value amounts slippery road conditions did develop in some locations, especially the secondary roads and slippery spots will remain a concern overnight.
High pressure will crest over the southeastern states over the next couple of days. We will be on the northern fringe of the ridge and by Saturday a milder southwest air flow develops. It stays chilly on Friday, with gusty breezes at times, but a good amount of sunshine will make it a fairly decent day for late December. As the colder air is pushed out on Saturday, with those milder southwest winds, temperatures are expected to eclipse 40 degrees in the afternoon. It stays relatively mild again on Sunday but the big difference will be the cloud cover as skies become mainly cloudy during the day on Sunday.
An approaching coastal storm brings a concern for precipitation by late Sunday and Sunday night. The storm is looking more like it will track a bit closer to southeast Massachusetts than what was suggested yesterday. As a result we now have a much better chance for the precipitation shield reaching into western Massachusetts. Initially, with the mild air still in place, we begin with rain but this should mix with and even change over to snow before it ends very early Monday morning. Some locations may experience a period of freezing rain Sunday night.
This storm may have major travel implications up and down the Eastern Seaboard on Sunday so for those of you that may be traveling at that time you certainly need to stay in touch with local news and weather media outlets.
After that get ready for a blast of arctic air that will end 2013 and also greet 2014. The much colder air mass will begin to move into the area Tuesday and by New Years day we are in the deep freeze.
72 Hour Outlook:
Tonight: Partly cloudy and cold. Low temperatures in the mid teens to 20 degrees. Winds west to northwest 5 to 15 mph.
Friday: Partly to mostly sunny and seasonably cold. Highs in the low to mid 30s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph.
Friday night: Partly cloudy. Cold, lows in the upper teens to low 20s. Light southwest winds.
Saturday and Saturday night: Generally partly cloudy skies, becoming mostly cloudy by morning. Milder, highs in the low 40s. Overnight lows in the upper 20s to low 30s.
Sunday and Sunday night: Cloudy, rain developing in the afternoon, possibly changing to snow at night before ending very early Monday morning. A period of freezing rain is possible during the transition from rain to snow. Highs in the low 40s, with lows falling into the upper 20s by Monday