Below normal temperatures continue over the weekend with especially cold temperatures tonight. It will stay dry into Saturday night then there will be a chance for snow flurries Sunday and Sunday night. Overall, it should be a tranquil period of weather through the weekend and into the start of the next work week.
Mainly clear skies tonight, light winds and a fresh snow pack will all contribute to plummeting temperatures. Some of you will see temperatures dip several degrees below zero by morning. The record low for tonight in Chicopee is -8 below.
High pressure overhead slides offshore as low pressure moves well to our southeast over the weekend. The high keeps us dry through Saturday night with a chance of a few flurries Sunday and Sunday night as a weak disturbance moves across the area from our west. It was these two systems, the ocean low and a low from the Great Lakes area that forecasters suggested would phase into one large storm earlier this week, however that opportunity is all but nonexistent as both systems remain weak and separate of each other. Models began to back off on any phasing a couple of days ago and there really has not been any strong indicators over the past two days to suggest a larger storm looms for later Sunday.
Once both of these systems move away from our area we remain entrenched in a cold west to northwest flow to start the work week with mainly fair skies at least into Wednesday. Our next chance for a storm is Wednesday night or Thursday.
72 Hour Outlook:
Tonight: Another icy cold night as low temperatures fall to around zero to 6 below zero. Mostly clear skies and near calm winds.
Saturday: Sunshine early will fade behind increasing afternoon clouds. Very cold to start with afternoon temperatures recovering to 25 to near 30 degrees. Light west winds under 10 mph.
Saturday night: Becoming mostly cloudy. Not as cold. Lows 10 to 15. Winds near calm.
Sunday and Sunday night: Considerable cloudiness, chance of snow flurries or a few spotty snow showers. Cold, highs 24 to 28. Overnight lows hovering around 15. Light west to northwest winds.
Monday: Early clouds followed by a partly sunny afternoon. Remaining below normal cold. Highs about 25.
Monday night: A few clouds. Cold, lows 10 to 15.