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A Wet & Windy Christmas Looks Likely Across Western & Central Mass

Tonight: A cool and moist pattern will remain in place across the region tonight. This means that plenty of clouds with areas of fog can be expected tonight. Temperatures tonight will be in the 32 to 37 Degree range with a light northwest wind. Tuesday: Low clouds and areas of fog are expected during Tuesday morning with partly sunny skies expected for Tuesday afternoon. High temperatures Tuesday will be between 35 and 40 Degrees. Wednesday: A partly sunny day is expected on Wednesday with high temperatures between 35 and 40 Degrees. Christmas Eve (Thursday): A strong frontal system will be pushing eastward across the eastern Great Lakes during Christmas Eve. A cloudy day is expected on Christmas Eve and there may be some scattered rain showers during the afternoon. High temperatures will be between 50 and 55 Degrees. This means that, unfortunately, there will be some quick snow melt. This also means that fog is likely to develop during the afternoon leading to reduced visibility on roadways. Thursday Night: That frontal system will edge closer to our area during Thursday night. Evening scattered rain showers will give way to a steady rain after midnight. The rain is expected to become heavy at times towards Christmas morning. In addition to the rain, southerly winds are likely to gust up to 40 mph at times. Also, fog is expected throughout Thursday night. One thing we will need to monitor closely is the potential for flooding on roadways and low-lying areas due to the combination of heavy rainfall and the rapid melt of our snow pack. Temperatures on Thursday night will be in the upper 40s to low 50s. Christmas Day (Friday): That strong frontal system is currently expected to push across Western and Central Mass during Christmas Morning. Unfortunately, much of Christmas Day looks wet and windy. Rain, heavy at times, is expected throughout Christmas morning. In addition to the rain, southerly winds are expected to gust up to 40 to 50 mph at times. We will still need to watch out for flooding on roadways and low-lying areas throughout Christmas morning. The rain is expected to gradually end during Christmas afternoon and there is likely to be a temperature drop during the afternoon as well. This means that there is the possibility for a very brief period of snow at the very end of this system during later Christmas afternoon with little or no snow accumulation expected. Temperatures on Christmas Morning will be near 50 Degrees with temperatures falling through the 40s and into the 30s during Christmas Afternoon.

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