A ridge of high pressure will give us a pleasant day on Sunday. With a lot of clean up still to be done we can appreciate having the weather cooperate with the clean up efforts at least for one day. Inclement weather returns Monday, followed by fair skies for mid week. Could another coastal storm impact the area later in the week?
Here are the details: After a cold start Sunday morning the mercury climbs to the low 30s this afternoon. Coupled with much lighter winds and sunny skies we are in for a pleasant February day. Meanwhile, trouble is lurking as a robust low pressure system moves into the Great Lakes. A warm front will extend east into southern New England and move through here midday or so on Monday. Ahead of the front snow showers are expected to break out, however once the front moves through and temperatures climb above freezing we will get into periods of rain showers. Some sleet and or freezing rain may be in the mix during the transition to rain. It all adds up to potentially a messy Monday morning commute.
The low will ride up the St. Lawrence Valley during Monday, with the associated cold front pushing through the region Monday night. This will change any rain shower activity back to snow showers before all ends by Tuesday. Not a lot of precipitation is expected, perhaps an inch of snow in the Springfield area and up to two inches or so north of the city, before the changeover occurs. Streets are already clogged with snow and any rain that does fall will put quite a bit of water in the streets where drains are still clogged. The rainfall should be under a half inch.
High pressure returns later Tuesday and Wednesday. With that comes fair skies and pleasant days. A snow flurry or two is possible on Tuesday as the low to our north intensifies and moves into the Canadian Maritimes.
The big question for later in the week is whether a coastal low impacts the area or not. Right now it appears to be a miss to our south, which means fair skies continue through Thursday. The system will be watched closely early this week.
Five Day Forecast:
Sunday: A cold start as temperatures climb out of the single digits and recover into the low 30s this afternoon. Sunny skies and light winds prevail all day.
Sunday night: Increasing clouds, chance of snow showers by morning. Not as cold as lows fall to the upper teens to 20 degrees. Winds near calm.
Monday: Mixed precipitation in the morning will change to rain showers by afternoon. Highs climbing to the low 40s later in the day. Winds south to southwest 5 to 10 mph.
Monday night: Rain showers may change back to snow showers before ending. Lows near 30 degrees. Winds turn west and may gust to 20 mph later at night.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy and windy. Slight chance of a flurry. Highs near 40. Winds west and should gust to 30 mph at times.
Tuesday night and Wednesday: Mainly partly cloudy skies. Lows around 20, with highs Wednesday in the upper 30s.
Wednesday night and Thursday: Partly to at times mostly cloudy skies. Lows around 20. Highs Thursday in the mid and upper 30s.