WINTER STORM WARNING for all of western Mass from 11pm tonight through Tuesday evening.
Western Mass is getting ready for its second snowstorm in a week and third nor’easter in less than two weeks. Low pressure already off the Carolina coast will undergo rapid strengthening tonight though Tuesday morning as it heads toward Cape Cod. The low will stay much farther offshore compared to the last storm and we should see another round of sticky (but not heavy, wet) snow.
Snow begins close to midnight and will become heavy through the morning commute. The Tuesday AM rush will be the worst commute of the day due to fast falling snow and low visibility-this will continue into the early afternoon. As low pressure passes southeast of Cape Cod and continues moving northeast, snow will gradually get lighter and taper off through the evening commute. Snow showers will linger in the hills and Berkshires through Wednesday morning and flurries are possible for the valley.
Snow totals will hit 6” for just about everyone in western Mass. It’s looking like most pick up between 5-10” with eastern Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin Counties and the northern Berkshires may see 10-15” by Tuesday night. The Berkshires and hills will continue to see snow accumulate through Wednesday morning.
Wind gusts should reach 30-40mph throughout the day Tuesday. While we may occasional see whiteout conditions, the blizzard will be out East along the coast. Our snow will be sticky with temperatures hovering close to freezing much of the day, so power outages aren’t a big concern for our area.
Behind our storm, a trough digs into the Northeast with chilly air and lingering snow showers and squalls for Wednesday. We remain cold and blustery for the remainder of the week-especially Friday when our temperatures get stuck in the lower to middle 30s.
The weekend is looking dry with a cold day Saturday and a milder one for Sunday. Our weather pattern isn’t changing within the next week, so we need to keep an eye on more potential coastal storms. There are hints of another potential storm next week.
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