Five days in a row with temperatures reaching over 50! Now it's time to leave March and get back to early February. The mild air, warm ground and pavement are all combining to hold down accumulating snow in the pre-dawn hours, but the intensity of the snow will allow fat wet flakes to accumulate creating a slushy coating at first, and eventually inches.
Moderate to heavy snow pushing in and accumulating just in time for the morning commute, so allow extra time to travel, slow your speed, and remember the wipers and lights. Road conditions will deteriorate quickly. The heaviest snowfall amounts, locally, will be in eastern Hampden County into Hampshire County. from Brimfield, Wales, Holland, Palmer, and Ware where near 6" of snow is likely. The farther you are north and west, the less the snow totals. Northern Berkshire county will likely see a couple of inches with about 3 in Westfield and Northampton, and 4 in Springfield.
The highest amounts are expected from Boston to NW Rhode Island and the Worcester county area where 6-8" of snow is expected. Midday, snow tapers to snow showers with sun to end our Friday. The warm ground along with highs in the mid 30s will combine to melt some of the snow. If you want to wait until Saturday, there will be less to remove.
Our pattern is changing to a more February-like one next week. The Jet Stream takes a sharp plunge over the mid-west where arctic air will invade. Pieces of this air will push into our region at times and the upper winds will flow from the mid-Atlantic northeastward off shore of New England. This has potential and it does make it interesting for us as a storm moves through the Great Lakes region and some of its energy spins up a coastal storm on Tuesday. That's our next chance for accumulating snow.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for eastern Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin Counties through 1 p.m. today.
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