I am watching Friday night's weather very closely for the possibility for some freezing rain and ice issues across Western and Central Mass.

A frontal system is expected to push through the area late Wednesday night into Thursday morning bringing with it widespread rain shower activity. Most areas will be rain, however, we will need to watch the northern Worcester Hills for the possibility for some freezing rain.

Once that front moves through, colder temperatures but dry conditions are expected from Thursday afternoon through all of New Year's Day.

It is then expected that the frontal boundary will lift back to the north by Friday night. The moisture with this front will combine with cold surface temperatures leading to a period of freezing rain and sleet to occur Friday evening. At this point, ice accumulation look light, however, it may still be enough to produce some icy conditions on roads throughout Friday evening.

A change to rain is then expected after midnight Friday night with light rain continuing into Saturday morning before ending.

If that wasn't enough - I am also keeping an eye on the possibility for snow from late Sunday afternoon to Monday morning. At this point, the uncertainty is quite high, however, there is that possibility that a coastal storm could bring accumulating snow to parts of the area starting Sunday afternoon and continuing through Sunday night and Monday morning. Nothing to worry about yet, but it's something to watch.

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Tonight: An area of high pressure will continue to build into New England tonight. This means that skies will be generally clear and it will be cold with low temperatures near 20 Degrees. Sunday: Lots of sunshine is expected during the morning, but this will give way to an increase in high clouds during Sunday afternoon. High temperatures Sunday will be near 35 Degrees. Monday: A frontal system is expected to push through the area during Monday. Overall, it’s expected to be a “dry front” with lots of clouds expected, but not much, if any precipitation. With that said, a couple of rain showers seem probable, but a widespread rainfall is not expected. It will be mild on Monday with high temperatures between 44 and 48 Degrees. Tuesday Through Wednesday: Colder weather returns behind that cold front for Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday is expected to be sunny with high temperatures near 30 Degrees. A clear night is expected on Tuesday night with low temperatures between 15 and 20 Degrees. Wednesday is expected to be partly sunny with high temperatures near 35 Degrees. New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day: It looks like 2021 will come in like a lion with stormy weather expected. An area of low pressure is expected to push across the Ohio Valley on Thursday and head for Quebec, Canada on Friday. This means that there will be an increase in clouds during the day on Thursday with high temperatures between 45 and 50 Degrees. Rain looks to move in late Thursday night with rain continuing throughout New Year’s Day. Temperatures on Thursday night through New Year’s Day will remain in the upper 40s to low 50s.

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I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for using Route 20 Weather for all of your weather information for Western and Central Mass throughout 2020.

I hope that my forecasts and updates have met, if not exceeded, your expectations this year. Know that I will continue to provide a top notch service in 2021, no matter what the weather may bring.

Finally, Meg and I hope that you and your family have an enjoyable rest of your Christmas and we wish you a very Happy New Year. Best Wishes, Rob & Meg Lightbown Route 20 Weather

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