SHREWSBURY, Mass. — Dreams of a white Christmas might come true in Central Mass, but so might nightmares of sleet and high winds.
Shrewsbury weather analyst Jim Arnold said he predicts snow in the early morning hours Tuesday, ending in the early afternoon. About 1 to 3 inches are expected.
Arnold said snow will hit the area again later on Wednesday, becoming heavy Wednesday night into Thursday. Warm air streaming northward might also bring a mix of sleet and freezing rain.
Gusts could approach 40 mph at times, and temperatures are expected to stay in the low to mid 30s. Those conditions could result in downed trees and scattered power outages.
"There is still not enough data to make a high-confidence prediction of total snowfall from this system, and I still think there is potential for 6 to 12 inches, but this could be compacted somewhat by any sleet/freezing rain that may mix in from time to time," Arnold stated.
"The chances of less mixing of sleet/freezing rain and accordingly more snow increases in the northern and hilly areas to the north and west of the Shrewsbury/Worcester area," he added.
According to the National Weather Service, there will be strong winds Wednesday night into Thursday morning as a strong, low-level jet moves across the region. Anyone looking to travel to the coast should be aware that coastal flooding is possible during high tide.