University of Massachusetts Lowell Weather Center
Your Lowell Area Forecast
Forecast Issued: March 22nd, 2018 at 9:30 AM
UML Student Meteorologist: David Coe
Merrimack Valley Regional Weather Summary
Good morning and happy Thursday! Yesterday's storm turned out to be a complete bust for us forecasters! We went for 3-6" here for Lowell and the Merrimack Valley Region, but ended up closer to 2"! What happened with this storm? For starters, the models had trouble grasping on where the new low pressure center would form. Depending on how close or far away from the coast it formed, we would have seen more or less precip. The second main factor was the dry air that was in place. Cold, dry air is not easily moved out of New England due to the various hills and valleys. Usually a storm system close to the coast can influence the mid level moisture patterns and cause the air to quickly moisten so snow can fall, however the low center was much weaker than anticipated and further off the coast. This caused dry air to stay stuck in the region until almost midnight! Since snow only started reaching the ground by the end of the storm, we were left with much lower accumulations as these were the weaker bands of the storm.
Looking ahead, we see colder than average temperatures dominate through the weekend, but sunshine will accompany them, and March sun always feels warm! There is a slight chance for a snow shower Saturday afternoon and early Sunday as a storm system passes to our South, otherwise we will see partly sunny conditions both days. Looking ahead to next week, the winter pattern is beginning to show signs of weakening, but unfortunately, we will be stuck in below average temps with chances for snow through the beginning of April. Thanks for your support and check back tomorrow for another update!
Short Term Forecast
Snow to start in the morning, ending by early afternoon. 1-2" accumulation expected. Highs reach the upper 30s by afternoon. NNW wind at 5-10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph possible.
Clouds begin to clear and lows fall into the upper 20s. Winds NW at 5-10 mph.
Partly sunny, but cool with Highs stuck in the mid to upper 30s.
Partly cloudy and cold with lows in the mid 20s.
Partly sunny with a chance for a snow shower in the afternoon and evening hours. Highs reach the low to mid 40s.
Partly cloudy with Lows in the low 20s.
Sunday Sunday Night
Partly sunny with a chance for an isolated snow shower in the morning. Highs in the mid to upper 30s with temps falling into the low 20s overnight.
Chilly start in the low 20s rebounds nicely to the low 40s by afternoon under mostly sunny skies!
This forecast will be updated on March 23rd, 2018.
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