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Springfield weather: Sunshine and cold Monday, light snow Tuesday

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As expected yesterdays glancing blow from an intensifying ocean storm dropped light amounts of snow through the greater Springfield area. This time it was our neighbors across southeast Massachusetts, including Cape Cod, that took the brunt of this latest storm.

It is going to be a week of changeable weather as we go from the dry and cold weather of today and Monday to snow Tuesday then milder with a threat for showers toward the end of the work week.

Colder air has been filtering in behind the departing storm and tonight it will be down right frigid with wind chills running below zero. A disturbance will be tracking harmlessly to our south, only to bring a temporary increase in clouds tonight. A few flurries may cross the Berkshires.

High pressure will give us another day of sunshine but also below normal temperatures for the holiday. The high moves offshore later Monday night as low pressure approaches to give us another round of snow on Tuesday. One low moves into the eastern Great Lakes by Tuesday morning as a second coastal low develops. It is this second low that will take over as it moves near Cape Cod Tuesday night. At this time the forecast is for light amounts of snow, perhaps in the 2 to 3 inch range, during Tuesday into early Tuesday night.

Even though Wednesday is expected to have more clouds than sun temperatures actually will be milder as there is no colder air behind the departing low.

Low pressure in the Plains and another in southern Manitoba are expected to merge into one large and vigorous system just to the south of Hudson Bay by Friday morning. As a result we are going to be on the milder side of this system which will bring us a southerly flow. The trade off for the milder temperatures Thursday and Friday will be the chance for rain showers both days. We could see 50 degrees on Friday!

72 Hour Outlook:

Tonight: Early clouds to be followed by partial clearing. Much colder, low temperatures in the single digits. Wind chills around 5 below. Winds northwest 8 to 15 mph.

Monday: Mostly sunny, cold and breezy. Increasing clouds in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 20s. Northwest winds 12 to 20 mph.

Monday night: Mostly cloudy. Not as cold. Lows in the teens. Light and variable winds.

Tuesday: Light snow developing. Highs in the low 30s. Light east winds.

Tuesday night: Light snow ends early followed by partial clearing. Lows in the mid to upper 20s.

Wednesday: Considerable cloudiness and milder. Highs around 40.

Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy. Lows near 30.

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