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An Absolute Icy Mess Is Expected On Friday Across Western & Central Mass

For This Afternoon: A mild afternoon is expected across the region under cloudy skies. Temperatures this afternoon will be between 40 and 45 Degrees. Tonight: Cloudy skies are expected tonight and there’s likely to be an increase in rain shower activity after midnight tonight. Low temperatures tonight will be near 35 Degrees. Thursday & Thursday Night: An Arctic cold front is expected to drop slowly southward through Northern and Central New England during Thursday and into northern parts of Mass on Thursday night. Out ahead of this front, rain is expected throughout the day on Thursday with temperatures of near 45 Degrees expected. As we get into Thursday night, a changeover from rain to freezing rain and sleet is expected to occur near and north of Route 2 after midnight Thursday night. South of Route 2, it appears that rain is expected all night on Thursday night. Temperatures on Thursday night will start out in the 40s and will fall into the 30s after midnight. In addition to this, it is expected that the rain will be heavy at times during Thursday night south of Route 2. Near and north of Route 2, rain, heavy at times is expected up until midnight Thursday night with freezing rain and sleet, heavy at times, after midnight. An Icy Mess Is Expected On Friday Across Western & Central Mass: The combination of a drop in temperatures to below freezing and a quick change from rain to freezing rain, sleet and then snow is going to make for an absolute icy mess across the entire area on Friday. This is going to lead to significant travel issues throughout the day on Friday, including both the morning and afternoon/evening commute. A change from rain to freezing rain and sleet is expected to be occurring across most areas along and north of the Mass Pike around sunrise Friday morning with rain continuing to occur south of the Mass Pike. This changeover to freezing rain and sleet will be complete across all of Western and Central Mass by about 8-9 am Friday morning. A change from sleet and freezing rain to snow is then expected to occur from north to south across Western and Central Mass beginning near and north of Route 2 by mid-morning Friday and then reaching the Mass Pike by early afternoon Friday. It will likely be snowing everywhere across Western and Central Mass by about 3 pm or so Friday afternoon. Snow is then expected to continue through late Friday afternoon and the first half of Friday night before it comes to an end around midnight Friday night. If that wasn’t enough, temperatures are expected to fall from the 40s and into the 30s by late Thursday night and then through the 20s during the day on Friday. These temperatures will then fall further through the teens on Friday night. This means that everything that falls on Thursday, Thursday night and Friday will very likely freeze solid and remain a frozen block through this weekend. This also means that travel conditions all day Friday, including both the morning and afternoon commutes, are going to be a big time mess with icy conditions very likely. You can refer to the forecast map attached for more details on how this storm will affect your area.

This Weekend Through Early Next Week: Dry and cold weather is expected this weekend as it appears that any storm systems will pass well to our south and east (Good!! I need a break!!) Saturday is expected to be sunny with high temperatures between 20 and 25 Degrees. Sunday now looks partly sunny with high temperatures near 30 Degrees. Looking towards the first half of next week, no weather problems are expected across the region. Monday is expected to be partly sunny with high temperatures near 35 Degrees. Tuesday will be partly sunny with high temperatures near 35 Degrees. Next Wednesday looks partly sunny with high temperatures near 35 Degrees.

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