Yet Another Storm On The Way To Central Massachusetts

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The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Central Massachusetts.
The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Central Massachusetts. Photo Credit: File

SHREWSBURY, Mass. - There's been plenty of snow so far this winter in Central Massachusetts, and Shrewsbury weather analyst Jim Arnold said there will be more Tuesday night.

Arnold said snowfall is expected to begin around midnight Tuesday and may last until Friday morning.

The storm may begin with a "burst of heavy snow, which will transition to a wintry mix during the day Wednesday," Arnold said. "As we approach Wednesday evening, there is a chance the precipitation will change to all rain and become intermittent."

Rain, sleet, and snow showers may continue Wednesday night into Thursday morning, he said.

"Later Thursday and Thursday night could see the return of snow to our area before it all ends on Friday," said Arnold. "There are also some signals that cold air damming will occur, raising the threat of freezing rain entering the mix."

Arnold said Worcester hills will see the most snow, and those areas above 1,000 feet have the best chance of getting significant accumulation. Lower elevations around Shrewsbury and Worcester can expect 3 to 5 inches before precipitation turns to a wintry mix and then rain.

The National Weather Service is calling for an 80 percent chance of rain and/or snow Tuesday night, with a 100 percent chance of snow and sleet Wednesday.

The NWS issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Central Massachusetts, and warned that a Winter Weather Advisory may be forthcoming.

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I think that is almost as big as me, about nine inches.
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The best ever was when Pete Bouchard said "the biggest amount that I could find, almost as big as me, about nine inches."

It's not like the weather people are trying to deceive us. New England has always been difficult to predict, so you just go with the flow. When they call for 4-6 inches, just know that most likely we are going to get "some" snow and be ready. They are just trying to help give us an idea, and when they are wrong, it was not intentional. Just smile about it and remember it's New England and "you never know what your going to get" :)

"You never know what you're going to get"... and forcasts are difficult to predict in New England.
So, how can the Governor be so sure that he can decree that ALL the state's roads were closed (with the threat of jail time), when some locations hadn't even received any snow yet?
Why should all the roads be closed based on just a forecast? What other future "emergencies" can be declared ahead of time to establish a power-grabbing precident? I'm just being cynical...;)

lol, yes Chris, I caught the cynical part !! Perhaps ALL the weather people have a spouse or child that want "another" snow day, so they forecast lots of snow in advance. Well, my wife likes it anyhow!!!

NWS tends to err a bit high most times, though occasionally they nail it. Arnold comes in 3 flavors -- wrong, very wrong and horribly wrong.

Give the guy a break...this article appeared 18 hours ago, when the NWS was calling for 4 to 6 inches. In fact, he was lower than ANY other forecast, TV, radio and NWS.

Just so we can compare & contrast with the above prediction, the NWS expects (as of Tuesday evening) the following snowfall totals:

Tonight -- "Total nighttime snow and sleet accumulation of around an inch possible."

Wednesday -- "New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible."

Wednesday night -- "Little or no snow accumulation expected."

Thursday -- "New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. "

Thursday night -- "New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible."

That's a NWS range of 2.2 inches to 3.5 inches . . . as opposed to Mr. Arnold's prediction of 3 - 5 inches (with the threat of even more for those folks on hills above 1,000 feet)