Snow, Freezing Rain to Make for Messy Saturday in Worcester

Snow, Freezing Rain to Make for Messy Saturday in Worcester

WORCESTER – One area of low pressure is forecast to move into the eastern Great Lakes by Saturday afternoon with a second low pressure system developing over southern New England on Saturday night before moving into the Gulf of Maine on Sunday.

The second storm system will probably wait to rapidly strengthen until it’s in the Gulf of Maine on Sunday and it will not have enough time to give Western and Central Mass. a heavy snowfall.

Instead, it is looking like this will be about a moderate sized snowfall across the area on Saturday afternoon that mixes with sleet, freezing rain and rain on Saturday night.

Even though the track and evolution of this storm system looks a little more certain as compared to yesterday, any small shifts in the storm track will lead to significant differences in whether we remain as mostly all snow or if we end up with more sleet and rain rather than snow.

Here Are My Thoughts: I expect that snow will develop across Western and Central Mass. between 1 and 3 PM on Saturday afternoon. Snow is then expected to continue through the remainder of Saturday afternoon into early Saturday evening.

The snow is then expected to change to sleet, freezing rain and even rain by midnight Saturday night. Sleet, freezing rain and rain is then expected to continue after midnight Saturday night into early Sunday morning. This storm will come to an end by mid-morning Sunday.

As For Possible Snow Amounts: I still think that widespread snow amounts of three to six inches are expected across a large majority of Western and Central Mass. Saturday afternoon and early Saturday evening with some ice accumulations on top of the snow on Saturday night.

So, while this does not look like a big snowfall for the area, it is likely to be enough snow and then ice to make things quite messy on Saturday afternoon and Saturday night.

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  • Rob Lightbown is the owner, founder and weather forecaster for Route 20 Weather -- covering Western and Central Massachusetts. For the past 25 years, Rob has owned and operated Crown Weather Services, tracking tropical storm and hurricane activity across the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. He lives in Western Massachusetts.