A fast moving system brings increasing wind with snow squalls to start the weekend | Weather


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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) — A Wind Advisory has been issued for Berkshire County from 10am to 10pm Saturday…

Overnight temperatures plunged to the lower teens for much of western Mass giving us a hasty reminder that winter is certainly not over. Temperatures before sunrise today will be around 40 degrees colder than yesterday’s sunrise temps! 

Calm winds begin to ramp up today as high pressure moves to the east and a fast-moving Clipper system approaches from the west. Wind will be out of the south-southwest consistently around 10-15mph, but may gust to 30 mph, then after a northwest shift, gusts may even near 40mph. The Berkshires could see gusts to 50mph. The wind shift will come from a passing cold front associated with the Clipper system that will bring scattered snow showers. The bigger concern is for a line of snow squalls to come through just behind the front.

You do want to be weather aware today as a reminder that snow squalls are similar to summer-time thunderstorms-the sun is usually out ahead and behind them, dark, dramatic clouds, a quick burst of heavy snow, near-white out conditions, and strong wind gusts. The best timing to see these squalls will be from Noon to 4pm Saturday. Snow accumulations should end up around a coating to 1 inch in the valley and 1-2 inches in the hills.

High pressure returns Saturday night, giving us a calm, cold start Sunday morning. A seasonably cool day is on tap to end the weekend with good sunshine. Monday will feature milder temperatures as wind again shifts out of the south-southwest and highs climb into the 40s to around 50 with continued dry weather. Our next storm system approaches Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning with mainly rain, warmer temps and a healthy breeze. A second storm could bring more wintry weather to end the week.

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