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A Pretty Unsettled Week Of Weather Is Expected Across Western & Central Mass

For The Rest Of Today: An area of high pressure will control the weather throughout the rest of today. This means that skies will feature a mixture of sunshine and clouds with afternoon high temperatures of 45 to 50 Degrees. Winds will be West at 8 to 16 mph. Tonight & Tuesday: Skies will start out partly cloudy this evening, but will become cloudy by midnight or so as moisture from a frontal system over the central Great Lakes region begins to impinge on our area. Some scattered showers are possible towards morning, especially across areas near and south of the Mass Pike. Temperatures tonight will start out between 30 and 35 Degrees this evening, but will rise to between 35 and 40 Degrees after midnight. Winds will be Southwest at 5 to 10 mph. Scattered showers begin the day on Tuesday with a steady rain expected to overspread the entire area by midday. Rain, which will be heavy at times, is then expected throughout Tuesday afternoon as that frontal system pushes through the region. High temperatures Tuesday will be between 45 and 50 Degrees. Winds will be South at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday Night: It appears that steady rain will come to an end early in the evening with scattered showers expected to continue through the overnight hours of Tuesday night. Temperatures will be steady in the middle 40s. Winds will be Southwest at 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Wednesday & Thursday: It appears that a frontal boundary will become stalled across our region from Wednesday through Thursday. This will not only keep the weather unsettled, but it appears that colder air will begin draining into the area by Thursday, which could lead to some mixed wintry precipitation issues across parts of the area. For Wednesday, skies will be cloudy all day and rain will move back into the area during the afternoon. High temperatures will be between 50 and 55 Degrees. Winds will be South to Southwest at 5 to 10 mph. Rain looks like it will continue during Wednesday night. It should be noted that enough colder air may push into areas north of Route 2 for the precipitation to mix with or change to sleet late at night Wednesday night. Low temperatures will be near 35 Degrees. Turning to Thursday, it appears that colder air will continue to push southward across the region during the day. This, combined, with precipitation continuing could lead to rain changing to a mix of freezing rain and sleet from north to south during the day Thursday. The changeover could occur across areas well north of the Mass Pike during the morning with the changeover taking until sometime during the mid and late afternoon hours for areas near and south of the Mass Pike. Temperatures on Thursday will be steady in the mid 30s. It needs to be emphasized that the weather setup for Thursday is one that will need to be watched closely as slippery conditions could develop during the day Thursday, especially in the Worcester Hills and the Hilltowns of Western Mass. These slippery conditions could then spread across all of Western and Central Mass as we head into the afternoon hours Thursday. Friday: The weather on Friday also looks like it’ll need to be watched closely for a possible widespread light snowfall across the entire area. The weather setup looks to consist of the possibility of one last wave of low pressure to ride along an offshore frontal system during the day on Friday. Should this come to pass, we’d be looking at light snow to occur throughout the day on Friday with perhaps a couple of inches of accumulation. That said, this is not at all a sure thing as it’s equally as possible that any low pressure system could stay too far east and keep our area dry on Friday. Either way, Friday’s weather will be monitored closely. High temperatures Friday will be near 35 Degrees. The Weekend: It appears that high pressure should build into the area throughout Saturday and Sunday. Both Saturday and Sunday look partly sunny with high temperatures between 35 and 40 Degrees.

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