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Cold, windy and possible significant weekend storm

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

The cold will ease tomorrow with temperatures coming up close to 30. We are not expecting any big warm-up this week. In fact, temperatures will stay below freezing all week long. With slightly milder temperatures, less wind, and sunshine, tomorrow afternoon will feel quite a bit more comfortable. 

Meanwhile, an area of low pressure will take shape across the deep south as moisture streams out of the Gulf on Thursday.

This system will slide to the Carolina coast by Friday then strengthen rapidly into an intense nor'easter.  With cold air in place and storm development off shore, the stage will be set for a potential snowstorm for Saturday and Saturday night.

The big question is will western Mass get a direct hit or just get fringed as it passes out-to-sea. Either scenario will give us some accumulating snow and windy conditions. At this point, it’s safe to say we will receive some snow, but exact amounts still remain up in the air. We should know more as we head in to tomorrow.

Here are some things we know and don't know.

Start Time: Saturday Mid Day

Finish Time:  Sunday Morning

Height of the storm: Saturday Night

Precipitation: All Snow (Light fluffy snow)

Wind: NNW 20-30mph 

Temps: Mid-20s. WCs 5-15. 

How much Snow????? Depends on track and power. 

The models are hinting at a further east solution which would mean we would escape a major snowstorm BUT it's just still too early to tell. 

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