Kiss the Mild Winter Goodbye, at Least for Now
LOWELL -- It’s been a mild winter so far, but this weekend will bring a taste of the weather the season’s known for as Winter Storm Harper makes its way across the U.S. to New England.
According to the National Weather Service, the Greater Lowell and Greater Fitchburg areas could first see as much as 2 to 3 inches of snow, starting Thursday night into Friday.
The snow returns Saturday night after 11 p.m., with an 80 percent chance of precipitation.
Sunday, the main event, will see rain, snow and sleet before 4 p.m. It will turn to freezing rain and sleet between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., followed by snow, freezing rain and sleet. It will later turn to snow and sleet, followed by all snow after 8 p.m., gradually tapering off.
As of Wednesday morning, NWS did not have an expected inch count for Saturday and Sunday’s storm. According to the Weather Channel, the potential winter storm could bring as much as 5 to 8 inches of snow to the Lowell area and as much as 8 to 12 inches of snow to the Fitchburg area Saturday night. Both areas could see 3 to 5 inches of snow and ice during the day Sunday and another inch of snow Sunday night. Meteorologists warn these totals could change as the storm nears.
Arctic air comes in Monday, with a high near 13 degrees, according to NWS. It will also be windy, with gusts as high as 22 miles per hour.
This is a developing story.
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