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Tale of two groundhogs, but who's going to be correct?

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

We had another beautiful afternoon as highs topped off just under 50. Punxsutawny's Phil did NOT see his shadow so that means an early Spring! However, Ms. G, the official Massachusetts ground hog saw her shadow. That means six more weeks of winter. The pattern settling in next week is more February-like for sure.

A strong storm system will move into the Great Lakes region then into Canada. This storm has brought heavy snow to the upper Mid-West and severe weather to the deep south!  Several tornadoes have been reported today from Alabama to Mississippi and other states. The path of this storm will put us on the mild side of things, however, the rain may briefly start as a wintry mix Wednesday morning in northern Franklin and Berkshire Counties  Rain will become moderate to heavy late afternoon and it becomes windy as well. Aside for some big puddles or ponding, we are not expecting any flood concerns. Most of us will pick up about 1" of rain. If it were snow it would up about 10".

Things will dry out and cool off later in the week as temperatures become more seasonable. Thursday is rather mild with temperatures in the middle and upper 40s before cooler air arrives on Friday. The weekend is looking dry and cool but not cold with temperatures near 40. Next week, the jet stream dips south and our temperatures will become more seasonal. However, with no snow cover, the arctic air that is trying to re-establish itself, will moderate and become less severe. Overall, it appears we'll have an average week for February temperatures and at least two chances for snow early to mid-week. No big storm is expected right now, but there's a chance for accumulating snow.

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