Two arctic fronts will push through the region today and Friday, bringing much colder than normal conditions to Massachusetts. Both fronts could bring some brief snow showers, and a coastal storm this weekend could bring moderate snowfall to the region late Saturday into early Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
“What we have now is colder than what we would normally expect,” said Charlie Foley, weather service meteorologist. “The seasonable daytime high for now is around 43, and today we probably aren’t going to pass 30. Tomorrow we may be near 30.”
Today will be sunny, with a high near 26. A bit of snow could come to southern Massachusetts today, but most regions should remain dry, according to the weather service. A northwest wind will gust up to 17 miles per hour, making conditions feel even colder, in the single digits. Some clouds will develop overnight, and temperatures will fall into the teens.
Friday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 30. Another band of snow showers could come to the state, this time to Western Massachusetts, but no accumulation is expected. A west wind will gust near 18 miles per hour, making conditions feel even more frigid. Clouds will enter the region overnight and temperatures will fall to around 15, according to the weather service.
“Beginning Saturday, we have a low pressure system moving out from the Carolinas that contains a lot of moisture,” Foley said. “This will collide with our arctic cold, which is a recipe for snow.”
A coastal storm over the weekend could bring the heaviest snow to the state this season beginning Saturday night. Saturday will begin cloudy, with a high near 25. Light snow showers will begin around 2 p.m., and will ratchet up overnight. Temperatures will only drop a few degrees overnight, into the low 20s.
“We are looking at around two to four inches for the metro area, but these things can change,” Foley said. “Amounts could be higher west of Worcester and up into New Hampshire, so skiing conditions in the north should be great.”
Snow will persist through early Sunday, and should taper off by around 11 a.m. Skies will stay cloudy and temperatures will crest in the mid-30s, according to the weather service.
“The snow will be out of here Sunday, and then we are looking at drier, colder weather for next week too,” Foley said. “But it won’t be as cold as now.”Jasper Craven can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @Jasper_Craven