Heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected this afternoon across Western and Central Mass as a pool of colder air in the mid and upper levels of the atmosphere leads to an unstable air mass.

So, I think that by early afternoon, we will see widespread heavy showers push north and northwestward into Western and Central Mass and there is likely to be some isolated thunderstorms as well. Heavy showers with isolated thunderstorms likely will persist through the mid and late afternoon hours before slowly weakening and dissipating this evening.

These heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms will contain very heavy downpours and the risk for some small hail.

For The Rest Of Today: A mild and rather humid air mass has set up across Southern New England. A frontal boundary, which will be responsible for widespread significant severe weather across the Mid-Atlantic states & Southeastern United States, will remain to our west today.

This means that skies for the rest of today will be cloudy and there may be some very widely scattered showers this afternoon. High temperatures this afternoon will be near 70 Degrees and it will be humid. In addition, it will be windy the rest of today with southwest winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph.

Heavy Rain At Times Tonight Through Saturday: That frontal boundary will very slowly move eastward tonight through Saturday and will push into western Mass by Saturday afternoon. This means that a band of showers with heavy rainfall will take its time moving into southern New England.

This means that scattered showers are expected this evening with widespread showers with heavy rain moving into Western Mass very late tonight and Saturday morning. This heavy rainfall will remain in place across Western Mass throughout a good part of Saturday before ending later Saturday afternoon. Across Central Mass, widespread showers with heavy rain will move in late Saturday morning or early Saturday afternoon and continue into Saturday evening. In addition, isolated thunderstorms are a possibility on Saturday across Western and Central Mass.

Rainfall amounts tonight through Saturday will average 1 to 2 inches with locally higher amounts possible, especially across Western Mass. This heavy rainfall will result in urban and poor drainage flooding. In addition, the heavy rainfall will exacerbate river flooding along the Connecticut River and may also cause rises in some of the smaller rivers and streams.

It will continue to be humid tonight and Saturday with low temperatures tonight in the 60 to 65 Degree range and high temperatures Saturday around 65 Degrees.

Saturday Night Through Easter Sunday: Scattered showers are expected to continue throughout Saturday night and Easter Sunday morning before ending during Sunday afternoon. Low temperatures Saturday night will be between 50 and 55 Degrees. High temperatures Easter Sunday will be near 65 Degrees.

Monday Through Tuesday: The weather looks to remain unsettled through Monday into possibly Tuesday as an upper level low pressure system remains stationary over our area and sends pieces of energy across southern New England.

This means that Monday will be cloudy and there will be some scattered showers around. High temperatures Monday will be near 65 Degrees.

Tuesday is expected to be mostly cloudy, however, it may stay dry most of the day. High temperatures Tuesday will be near 70 Degrees.

A cold front is expected to push across the area on Tuesday evening bringing the risk for some scattered showers and possibly a thunderstorm.

Wednesday Through Thursday: Sunshine is expected to return for both Wednesday and especially Thursday. High temperatures Wednesday will be between 60 and 65 Degrees. High temperatures Thursday will be near 65 Degrees.

For The Rest Of Today: An area of high pressure will control our weather throughout the rest of today. This means that there will be plenty of sunshine around with light winds expected. High temperatures this afternoon will be between 60 and 65 Degrees.

Tonight: That high pressure system will begin to move to the east of New England and a warm front will begin to approach the area from the west. Skies this evening will be clear to partly cloudy with increasing clouds expected after midnight tonight. Low temperatures tonight will be between 35 and 39 Degrees.

Thursday: A warm front is expected to move slowly eastward from western New York and western Pennsylvania on Thursday.

Thursday is expected to be a cloudy day and there may be some widely scattered showers during the afternoon. All-in-all, Thursday is not expected to be a wash-out. High temperatures Thursday will be in the mid 50s.

Rain, Heavy At Times, Expected From Friday To Sunday: The end of this week and much of this weekend looks wet & is likely to be a wash-out as a prolonged rain event is expected. A very slowly moving frontal boundary is expected to impact southern New England. At the same time this is happening, an area of low pressure will slowly move across western Pennsylvania and western New York from Friday into Saturday and then depart into Quebec province on Sunday.

Widespread rain, which will be heavy at times, is expected to overspread Western and Central Mass by Friday afternoon and then continue through Friday night and all day Saturday. A period of very heavy rain is expected from late Friday night through Saturday morning.

On Saturday night, the steady rain will end, however, scattered showers are expected to persist through all of Saturday night and much of Sunday.

Total rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches with locally higher amounts are expected. Most of this rain is expected to occur from Friday afternoon to about midday Saturday.


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