Heavy Rain & Thunderstorms This Afternoon & This Evening: A much needed soaking rain is expected across all of Western and Central Mass this afternoon into this evening. In addition, a few thunderstorms are also possible late this afternoon. An area of low pressure will strengthen as it moves across Quebec province this afternoon and this evening. The southerly wind flow connected to this low pressure system will pull moderate to heavy rain across the entire area throughout this afternoon. The rain is expected to last into this evening. In addition, a few thunderstorms are also possible within the area of heavy rain that will be moving through. This thunderstorm threat will be greatest during the late afternoon hours of today. Finally, a cold front is expected to push through the area between about 8 pm and 11 pm this evening. A line of thunderstorms will likely accompany this cold front and any thunderstorms between 8 pm and 11 pm this evening will be capable of producing locally heavy rainfall & briefly gusty winds. Very Windy Conditions Expected Late Tonight Through Monday: That cold front will push off of the Southern New England coast around midnight tonight. Behind it, west winds are expected to increase in velocity with wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph expected by after midnight tonight. A very windy day is expected across Western and Central Mass on Monday with west winds gusting up to 45 to 55 mph at times. It is also expected to be a sunny day on Monday with high temperatures near 45 Degrees. Tuesday: An area of high pressure will build into the area on Tuesday with lots of sunshine expected and high temperatures between 55 and 60 Degrees. Wednesday & Wednesday Night: A frontal system will move through the area during Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday evening. So, any early morning sunshine will give way to clouds along with widespread showers during Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday evening. A period of heavy rain is possible late Wednesday night. High temperatures Wednesday will be near 60 Degrees. Thursday: That frontal system will slowly move to the east on Thursday. Some morning rain mixed with snow will end by late morning with some peeks of sunshine expected during the afternoon. High temperatures Thursday will be between 40 and 45 Degrees. Friday: A sunny, cold and windy Friday is expected with high temperatures between 35 and 40 Degrees. Northwest winds will likely gust up to 40 mph at times leading to wind chill temperatures in the 20s all day long.

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This Afternoon: An area of low pressure is expected to move from the Ohio Valley into the Mid-Atlantic states this afternoon. This storm will bring rain to the entire area throughout this afternoon with much needed amounts of one quarter to one half of an inch expected. Temperatures this afternoon will be between 45 and 50 Degrees. Tonight Through Friday: That low pressure system will head off of the Mid-Atlantic coast tonight and will pull a cold front across the area later this evening. This means that rain will continue this evening and will gradually change to a little bit of snow from north to south across the area. It appears the changeover from rain to snow will first occur in the Berkshires and along and north of Route 2 between 8 pm and 10 pm. The changeover line from rain to snow is then expected to reach the Mass Pike region, including Springfield and Worcester, between about 11 pm and midnight. It is likely that all areas of Western and Central Mass will be snowing briefly by just after midnight. This snow is expected to be short-lived and will come to an end first across the Berkshires and the upper Pioneer Valley of Western Mass by about 1 am. The snow will then come to an end across the lower Pioneer Valley of Western Mass and across northern Worcester County by about 3-4 am. Southern Worcester County will be the last to see the snow end and that should occur by about 5-6 am. Overall, snowfall amounts tonight will be minimal with most areas receiving around one inch of snow. The exception may be some of the area in the Worcester Hills where up to 2 inches of snow is possible. More importantly later tonight will be the potential for some icy conditions as temperatures falling to 25 to 30 Degrees by late tonight. This means that the water and moisture from the rain will likely freeze up and any snow that does accumulate will hide the ice. This all means that roads, sidewalks, driveways, parking lots and other surfaces will be very icy after about 4 am Friday morning. So, use extreme caution for Friday morning’s commute. Friday looks like it will start out cloudy with skies becoming partly sunny by afternoon. High temperatures Friday will be between 35 and 40 Degrees. Weekend Weather Forecast: A sunny weekend is expected across Western and Central Mass with both Saturday and Sunday seeing lots of sunshine. High temperatures Saturday will be between 50 and 55 Degrees. High temperatures Sunday will be near 55 Degrees.

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An Arctic cold front now progressing southward across northern parts of New England will move across Southern New England this afternoon bringing with it snow shower and snow squall activity, along with gusty winds and sharply colder temperatures.

I expect that snow showers and snow squalls should enter the upper Pioneer Valley and northern Worcester County by about 2 pm this afternoon and then gradually progress southward across the rest of Western and Central Mass by 3 to 4 pm this afternoon. Snow showers and possible snow squalls are then expected to continue until about 6 pm today when they are expected to push out of our area.

Any snow shower and snow squall activity will be accompanied by briefly heavy snow, low visibility in heavy snow and very gusty winds. Be very careful if you run into any snow shower or snow squall activity as conditions will be bad in some areas for a short period of time. In addition, temperatures are expected to fall through the 30s this afternoon and it will be quite windy with northwest winds gusting up to 50 mph at times. Cold and quite windy conditions are expected Tonight under partly cloudy skies. Low temperatures tonight will be between 10 and 15 Degrees. Northwest winds will gust up to 40 to 50 mph at times with wind chill temperatures of Zero to 10 below zero expected. Monday will be a sunny, but cold and windy day. High temperatures Monday will be between 25 and 30 Degrees. Northwest winds are expected to gust up to 40 mph. Wind chill temperatures on Monday will be between 5 and 15 Degrees.

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