Cold settles in ahead of tomorrow’s snow & sleet | Weather

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) —   We’re still on track for a snowstorm as low pressure organizes in the lower Ohio River Valley. This system will tap into moisture off the Atlantic and redevelop off the New Jersey coast. It will then slide south of the Cape and will bring moderate to heavy snow and sleet to western Mass and much of southern New England. 

Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for all of western Mass from late tonight through Friday for significant snowfall…

It is much colder out there this afternoon with a mainly cloudy sky. It certainly looks and feels like snow after record breaking warmth yesterday. Temperatures are 30 to 40 degrees colder than yesterday. Skies should brighten some however it will remain cold with highs in the lower 30’s. The pesky breeze should diminish. 

Clouds increase tonight ahead of our low pressure. Snow looks to move in during the wee hours of the morning, 2-3am, and become moderate to heavy at times throughout the morning. Snowfall rates could reach an inch an hour at times. Snow covered roads, and reduced visibility will create dangerous travel conditions for much of tomorrow. 

As warmer air cuts into the mid-layers of the atmosphere later tomorrow morning snow will likely mix with or change to sleet, especially along the Mass Pike and points south, holding snowfall totals down a bit. This is where 6-8″ of snow is likely. Elsewhere, north of the Pike 8-12″ is likely. The hills have the best chance of seeing a foot of snow. 

As low pressure pulls away later tomorrow afternoon snow will taper to snow showers. Wind will increase briefly with some 20mph gusts possible as the storm departs and colder air returns tomorrow night and Saturday. 

Saturday will be bright, brisk and chilly with highs near 30. Cold, but still quite a bit of snowmelt with the strong, late February sun angle. Temperatures will push above freezing on Sunday with more wind. A cold front will swing through Sunday afternoon or evening, possibly bringing a spot snow shower, but most stay dry and blustery with gusts to 20-30mph. Much colder air dives in for Monday, the last day of February. Temperatures moderate with the start of the new month. 

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