The cold air will continue to drain in this afternoon on gusty northwesterly winds! It's back to reality after yesterday's balmy temperatures. At least the sunshine is back but it will do very little to help warm us up this afternoon. Temperatures will hold in the lower 30s for most of the afternoon, with wind chills in the teens.
Meanwhile, a fast moving clipper system associated with lots of energy, now positioned across the Dakotas will slide our way for tomorrow. This system has energy but lacks moisture so we are not expecting a big snowstorm. However, it will pick up some moisture as it slides across the Great Lakes and will bring snow showers and squalls to western Mass for tomorrow evening, likely just in time for the evening commute.
We are only expecting 1-2" of snow however it's not the amount of snow we are worried about, it's the timing and intensity. Snow showers and squalls can reduce visibility and drop an inch or two of snow in a short period of time. The timing will be between 4-9 PM Tuesday evening for the squalls to move through. Use extra caution for Tuesday evening's commute. Any snow will be gone after midnight.
As this storm moves into the Gulf of Maine it will pick up moisture and strengthen. It will get it's act together a bit too far east to bring us big snows but it will bring down another shot of cold and wind from Canada. This means temperatures both Wednesday and Thursday will likely stay in the 20s with wind chills in the single digits and teens both days!
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