Winter Returns This Weekend

January 17, 2019

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, it’s highly likely Greater Lowell and North Central Mass. will see at least 1 inch of snow starting Thursday night into Friday, but it could be as much as 2 to 3 inches.

The snow returns in earnest on Saturday 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 in Lowell and 11 degrees in Fitchburg, and lows of 2 degrees and 0 degrees, respectively, according to NWS. It will also be windy, with gusts as high as 22 mph.

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