Tuesday will be a First Warning Weather Day with wintry precipitation expected across western Massachusetts.
A strong system is making its way through the Midwest. In front of this low pressure system, we will be on the receiving end of snow, sleet, and freezing rain starting late Monday night through Tuesday afternoon.
By midnight, snow will be falling across much of the area. Generally speaking, we will see between 1-3" of snow in the lower Pioneer Valley with 2-4" in the higher elevations before we quickly change over to sleet and freezing rain in the early morning hours.
While the 1-3" of snow doesn't sound like much, the biggest concern tomorrow is the freezing rain and icing. The Pioneer Valley should see some light icing, but the foothills of the Berkshires could see up to .5" of ice accretion. This could certainly cause downed limbs and power lines, leading to power outages. Due to this concern a Winter Storm Watch will go into effect tomorrow morning through tomorrow afternoon for western parts of Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden counties.
Motorists should be especially careful Tuesday morning when driving on bridges or overpasses where slippery spots can easily develop.
The National Weather Service out of Boston has also issued a Winter Weather Advisory from 8 pm Monday night through Tuesday afternoon for all of western Massachusetts.
Stay tuned for additional information as it becomes available.
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