Gusty winds continue to bring us numbing cold through this afternoon. Bright sunshine will do little if any good to make us feel a bit warmer as biting northwest winds continue to gust over 30 mph at times. Harsh conditions persist tonight as the arctic air and gusty winds remain with us. Lows will dip to zero to 5 below throughout the Springfield area. After a very cold start Friday morning the mercury will flirt with 20 degrees during the afternoon. The winds ease up making it feel more comfortable, although it remains much below seasonal average. Wind chill values, or the real feel of the air, will run near 15 below zero later tonight and early on Friday.
High pressure will bring dry weather through Friday, before a low pressure system south of New England begins to influence our weather. The system will likely track well southeast of Nantucket and only give southern New England a glancing blow, with the south coast of Massachusetts and Cape Cod and the islands once again having the potential for some accumulating snow from this event. Locally, there is about a 50% chance of a touch of light snow Friday night, otherwise it will be mostly cloudy into Saturday. Lows Friday night will not be so cold, falling to around 10 degrees. Highs on Saturday rebound to the low 20s, which is still much below normal. Any snow that we may get should only add up to a coating.
Decreasing amounts of clouds will bring us a partly cloudy Saturday night. With the departing storm out over the Atlantic Ocean another shot of colder air overspreads the area through Sunday. The lows Saturday night near zero to 10 above. Under a mostly sunny sky the highs on Sunday top out in the low 20s, with Sunday night lows near 10.
There are signs of a moderating trend early next week. It will only bring us back to near normal readings for Monday and perhaps slightly above normal on Tuesday. With the milder temperatures come more clouds and the chance for a period of unsettled weather later Monday or Tuesday. Highs into the 30s, with the overnight lows 15 to 20.