Low clouds and some patchy fog linger throughout today in the Springfield area. A warm front remains south of the area and will approach tonight. Ahead of the front showers are expected to overspread the region late this afternoon and tonight. There is a chance of pockets of freezing rain north of the city as temperatures will be close to the freezing level. With the warm front forecast to push through early on Wednesday we will be treated to a day of April like temperatures. However, showers will be with us throughout the day, primarily early and then again later in the afternoon.
Wednesday night brings more shower activity as a strong cold front approaches from the west. Locally heavy rainfall is possible as winds gust to near 30 mph. Temperatures remain very mild through the overnight.
The cold front should be well east of our area Thursday morning, with any chance of an early shower diminishing quickly. Skies partially clear, temperatures remain near steady from morning lows and it will be a breezy day. The colder air will be invading southern New England as the front moves offshore and the thermometer will dip back into the 30s during the course of the afternoon. By Thursday night the mercury falls to near 20 degrees.
February arrives on Friday and it will again feel the season as colder air takes over once again. Friday and Saturday will be dominated by fair skies, with generally partly cloudy sky coverage. You will notice the much cooler air as daytime highs struggle to reach 30 degrees and nighttime lows dip into the teens.
Low pressure may scoot south of New England Sunday and with that a chance of a few snow showers or light snow, probably more of a nuisance event more than anything else.
Five Day Forecast:
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, with areas of patchy fog. Highs in the upper 30s. North winds becoming southeast around 5 mph.
Tuesday night: Chance of showers, with freezing rain possible north of the city. Precipitation is expected to be light, with any freezing rain changing to rain showers later at night. Lows will be in the low to mid 30s. Light south winds.
Wednesday and Wednesday night: A chance of showers early, followed by another batch of showers in the afternoon and at night. Locally heavy rain is possible in the evening. Becoming very mild and windy. Highs in the low to mid 50s, with lows about 45 degrees. Winds will increase from the south and southwest, gusting to near 30 mph at night.
Thursday: An early shower is possible, otherwise becoming partly cloudy. Breezy and cooler. Temperatures remaining near steady in the mid 40s, likely falling into the 30s during the afternoon.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy and colder. Lows near 20.
Friday through Saturday night: Mainly partly cloudy and cold. Highs in the upper 20s to 30 degrees. Lows in the mid to upper teens.