Light snow flurries likely in some areas today, very cold overnight

The snow is coming back — but just barely.

“If anybody sees an inch, that would be the maximum,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Alan Dunham.

The forecasters warned that areas of Central and Western Massachusetts could see a significant drop in visibility due to falling snow.

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Light flurries are likely before 3 p.m. today, especially along the Massachusetts coastline. Skies will gradually transition from cloudy to mostly sunny this afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 20s before plunging to a 12 degrees overnight.

Thursday will be similar, with highs near 28 degrees and some light flurries possible after 3 p.m.

Any precipitation will peter out before 9 p.m. Skies will clear as temperatures sink into the mid-teens in the evening.

The weather service also warned that a wind chill advisory may be necessary between Thursday night and Friday morning.

“We issue a wind chill advisory when we’re going to have expected wind chill index between minus 15 and minus 24 in three hours with sustained winds,” Dunham said.

Conditions will be sunny and cold Friday, with highs only climbing to 24 degrees. Some clouds will arrive in the evening, along with wind gusts as high as 30 miles per hour in the daytime.

“We’re definitely below normal and we’re definitely cold,” Dunham said.

Saturday will be cloudy and slightly warmer. High temperatures should rise into the lower 30s. Cloud coverage will continue overnight as temperatures drop to 25 degrees.

“Sunday we have a 30 percent chance of snow showers by late afternoon and evening hours,” Dunham said. Mostly cloudy skies will persist throughout the day. High temperatures will rise to 33 degrees, dropping into the lower 20s overnight.

More snow showers are likely between Sunday night and Monday, although forecasters aren’t sure of how much.

“It’s too early to even guess how much accumulation we’ll get,” Dunham said. “But this is a situation where people are going to want to keep tabs on that forecast.”