Temperatures will seesaw in the next few days, with warmups into the 30s on Saturday and Monday, followed by more cold into next week.
On Saturday, “we’ll get into the upper 30s, but it’s going to be a very brief interlude,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Charlie Foley. “Sunday we’ll be back in the lower 20s, so Saturday is going to be short and sweet.”
Temperatures are expected to swing back to a seasonable 37 degrees on Monday before plunging back into the mid-teens through mid-week, though conditions should remain dry, Foley said.
Some scattered snow showers are expected Saturday afternoon and early Monday, though not much will accumulate.
Today will be cold and dry, with sunny skies and highs near 15 degrees. Wind chills during the day could reach a frigid minus-9 degrees, but some evening clouds will keep lows in the mid-teens overnight.
Some cities were off to an extremely chilly start today, with Worcester at a frigid 2 degrees, Greenfield at 3, Fitchburg at 4, and Springfield at 6.
Saturday should be relatively warm and breezy, with cloud cover keeping temperatures in the upper 30s and wind gusts as high as 26 miles per hour. Some scattered snow showers are likely between 3 and 10 p.m., but very little will accumulate.
“We’ll see maybe an inch or so, but there’s a possibility that some places in the west could get up to three inches because snow would start falling there earlier,” Foley said.
Cloudy conditions will continue overnight, with lows dropping to 15 degrees.
Sunday will start off sunny and cool, with highs cresting at 21 degrees. Temperatures should drop into the upper teens in the evening as a last wave of moisture enters the region.
Some light snow should start falling as early as 1 a.m. Monday, and continue through mid-morning. Accumulation will be very light, and temperatures should start climbing again into the upper 30s by the afternoon.
“It’s a very active weather pattern and it’s not unnormal,” Foley said, regarding the rollercoaster temperatures. “We have a series of cold fronts moving through, making these quick-paced changes.”
A surge of arctic air will move into the region by Monday evening, causing temperatures to plunge as low as 9 degrees.
Frigid and dry conditions should continue through midweek. Temperatures will gradually rise from the upper teens to the 20s by Thursday, Foley said.