An arctic cold front is slipping east this morning and divides the mild February air from a very cold mid-winter air mass.
If you head out this morning and think you don’t need the heavy coat, think again, it will be very cold when you come home. As the front pushes through the region, it will bring a period of light snow or snow showers to the area. Accumulations will range from an inch or two along the coast to up to 5 or even six inches back into northwestern Worcester County and Franklin County.
The snow will be quick hitting and complete before noon. The sun returns this afternoon, but temperatures end up going down instead of up.
There is a wind chill advisory in place tonight for the combination of the cold air and wind. This doesn’t mean you can’t go outside, but if you do, hats and gloves are in order.
Friday is a dry, but cold day with highs in the teens for most areas. The same front that is bringing the snow this morning will be stuck to our south during the weekend and the first part of next week.
The front will allow areas of snow to travel through southern New England, leaving snow in the forecast from Saturday into Tuesday. When this period of snow is over, it is likely we will have added at least another 6 inches of snow to the ground — and perhaps significantly more than that. The greatest likelihood of any heavy snow during this period is Monday into Tuesday.
Thursday: A period of snow likely before noon., Then becoming mostly sunny, with a temperature falling to the teens and lower 20s by sunset. Very windy.
Thursday night: Mostly clear and very cold. Lows 0 to 10 below.
Friday: Sunshine and some increasing clouds and cold. Highs in the teens.
Saturday: A period of snow in the middle of the day. Highs 25-30.
Sunday: Some accumulating snow. Highs in the 20s.
Monday: Snow likely. Highs in the 20s.
Tuesday: Still the chance for more snow. Highs 25-30.
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