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A Raw & Rainy Weekend Is Expected Across Western & Central Mass

Saturday: Rain well ahead of Tropical Storm Ophelia is expected to push northward reaching areas near and south of the Mass Pike during about the mid and late morning hours of Saturday. Across areas north of the Mass Pike, the rain is expected to develop during the early and mid-afternoon hours, finally reaching the Route 2 corridor by late afternoon. Some moderate to heavy rain is expected to reach areas near and south of the Mass Pike by late afternoon Saturday. In addition to the developing rain, Saturday is expected to be raw with some gusty winds. High temperatures will be around 60 Degrees. Winds will be East at 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Saturday Night: Tropical Storm Ophelia is expected to weaken and gradually dissipate near the Washington, DC area on Saturday night. Rain out ahead of what’s left of Ophelia is expected to occur across the entire area during Saturday night. Periods of moderate to heavy rain is expected during the evening across areas that are near and south of the Mass Pike. North of the Mass Pike, generally light rain is expected throughout the night. Raw, damp and windy conditions are expected on Saturday night with low temperatures near 55 Degrees. Winds will be East to Northeast at 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Rain totals by sunrise Sunday morning are expected to range from around one half of an inch (0.50”) across areas north of the Mass Pike to between 1 and 2 inches of rainfall across areas near and south of the Mass Pike. The rainfall Saturday and Saturday night will probably be enough to lead to flooding of roads, highways, underpasses and areas of poor drainage (especially near and south of the Mass Pike). Also, some of the area rivers and streams may go above flood stage across areas near and south of the Mass Pike. Sunday Through Monday: It appears that at least some rain will continue through the day on Sunday and perhaps even into Monday, depending on how quickly the moisture feed from the remnants of Ophelia pushes away. That said, there is considerable disagreement between weather forecast guidance members with some guidance such as the GFS model forecasting a cloudy, but dry Sunday and Monday. Other guidance, such as the European model is showing the rain continuing through Sunday before slowly ending by Monday. At this point, I think that we’ll probably see rain continue all day Sunday with this rain persisting into Sunday night. As we get into Monday, the rain looks to come to an end during the morning with cloudy skies expected in the afternoon. Additional rainfall amounts from Sunday to Monday morning could end up being between one quarter of an inch (0.25”) to one half of an inch (0.50”). High temperatures Sunday will be near 60 Degrees. Winds will be Northeast at 10 to 20 mph. Low temperatures Sunday night will be near 55 Degrees. Winds will be Northeast at 10 to 20 mph. High temperatures Monday will be near 65 Degrees. Winds will be North at 10 to 15 mph. For The Rest Of Next Week: It appears that a strong high pressure system will build back over the region for at least a few days next week. This high pressure system should push any moisture and unsettled weather to our south. By late next week and next weekend, however, another slug of rain may push back to the north towards our area as yet another tropical system may try to form near the southeast coast of the United States and push our way. Tuesday looks partly sunny with high temperatures between 60 and 65 Degrees. Wednesday and Thursday both look partly sunny with high temperatures between 65 and 70 Degrees. Next Friday currently looks partly sunny, but clouds may be on the increase by late in the day. High temperatures will be between 65 and 70 Degrees.

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Weekend Weather Forecast For Western & Central Mass

Tonight: Skies will start out partly cloudy this evening, but will become cloudy during the after midnight hours of tonight. Low temperatures tonight will be between 45 and 50 Degrees. Saturday looks

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