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Quick blast of Arctic air to start work week

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (AP) -

The Arctic air will continue to drain into western Mass this afternoon, on strong northerly winds. Flurries will come to an end as clouds break to some sunshine. Any sunshine we see this afternoon will be ineffective as readings hold steady if not fall a few degrees into the lower 20s. This will be the coldest weather of the season so far! Our first Arctic blast will be short lived though. The real cold stuff will likely only stick around for a couple of days.(About 48 hours)

Today will feature a few flurries and snow showers,perhaps whitening the ground in a few spots, especially across Berkshire County and Worcester County. The clouds will give way to some sunshine later on as the Arctic air takes hold and air mass dries out. Temperatures will stay in the 20,s but a gusty breeze will make it feel like it's in the teens and single digits. With clear skies and a frigid air mass in place no doubt it will be frigid overnight with readings falling to near 0 in some spots. It will easily be the coldest night of the season so far. 

Despite mostly sunny skies tomorrow highs only reach into the low to mid 20s. The good news is that after a cold start Wednesday morning temperatures will moderate quite a bit by the afternoon. In fact, temperatures will bounce back to near 40 degrees, as the cold air retreats back into Canada. 

Although the nights will still be cold later in the week daytime high temperatures will reach near 40 both Thursday and Friday. Along with the moderating temps things will stay dry through Friday with the next chance of precipitation arriving Friday night into Saturday. 

At this point it looks as though the storm moving in for Friday night into Saturday will be a minor to moderate event. It will likely arrive as snow but then change to sleet or freezing rain on Saturday, as milder air streams in aloft, high in the sky. How much precipitation and exactly what form it will arrive in is still very much up in the air so stay tuned!

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