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A Temperature Roller Coast Is Expected Across Western & Central Mass For The Next 24 Hours

For The Rest Of Today: Lots of sunshine is expected throughout the rest of today with a southwesterly wind that gusts up to 30 mph at times. High temperatures this afternoon will be near 65 Degrees. It should be noted that a strong cold front will begin to push into far western Mass by about sunset. This means that an increase in clouds are expected by late afternoon across Western Mass and perhaps some showers spreading into the Berkshires by sunset. Tonight: That strong cold front will push across the region tonight. This front will bring widespread rain showers to all of Western and Central Mass throughout this evening. The showers are expected to come to an end across Western Mass by about 2-3 am or so and then across Central Mass just before sunrise Friday morning. This front will usher in a sharp drop in temperatures with temperatures falling from the mid 50s this evening to the mid 30s after midnight tonight. Friday: An area of high pressure will begin to build into the area during the day on Friday. With that said, there should still be some leftover moisture hanging around the region. This means that even though Friday will probably start out sunny, a build up in cumulus clouds will lead to a mixture of sunshine and clouds from late morning through the afternoon. Some isolated rain showers are also expected during the afternoon. In fact, an isolated snow shower or two is certainly possible in the Berkshires and in the Worcester Hills during Friday afternoon. High temperatures Friday will be near 45 Degrees. West winds are expected to gust up to 25 to 30 mph at times during the day on Friday. Saturday Through Sunday: An area of high pressure will control the weather during Saturday with lots of sunshine expected. High temperatures Saturday will be near 45 Degrees. That high pressure system is expected to move to our east during Sunday with a southerly wind flow setting up across the region. At the same time this is happening, a frontal boundary will be moving eastward from the Great Lakes region. This all means that cloudy skies are expected on Sunday and a few rain showers are possible by late afternoon, especially across Western Mass. High temperatures Sunday will be between 50 and 55 Degrees. Sunday Night Through Monday: That frontal system will push its way across the region during the day on Monday. Temperatures are likely to be mild enough so that the precipitation that falls late Sunday night and Monday will be rain. So, widespread rain showers are expected late Sunday night through all day Monday. Low temperatures Sunday night will be between 45 and 50 Degrees. High temperatures Monday will be near 55 Degrees. Tuesday Through Wednesday: The weather forecast for Tuesday through Wednesday is quite uncertain as quite a few moving atmospheric pieces will be in play. A strong upper level trough of low pressure will be in place across the northeastern United States with the potential for a closed upper level low pressure system to be positioned somewhere over New England. In addition, we will also have to watch for a surface low pressure system to form somewhere near or offshore of the New England coast on Tuesday night and Wednesday. The position and track of this surface low pressure system will be extremely important in determining whether we would just see some scattered rain and snow showers on Tuesday into Wednesday or whether we could see a more steady rain or snow to occur on Tuesday night into Wednesday. At this point, I’m leaning much more towards the idea that the low pressure system should stay too far east to be a concern. Because of this, Tuesday and Wednesday are both expected to be cloudy and there is likely to be scattered rain showers with scattered snow showers expected in the Berkshires and the Worcester Hills. High temperatures on both Tuesday and Wednesday will be near 40 Degrees. Thanksgiving Day: A dry, but chilly Thanksgiving Day is expected across Western and Central Mass with a mixture of sunshine and clouds expected. High temperatures will be between 40 and 45 Degrees.

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