For The Rest Of Today: Clouds are increasing across Western and Central Mass and these clouds are expected to thicken and lower this afternoon.
In addition to this, some drizzle or even some patchy freezing drizzle is a possibility in the Worcester Hills late this afternoon. Elsewhere across Western and Central Mass, we will stay precipitation free today.
High temperatures this afternoon will be between 35 and 40 Degrees.
Tonight Through Monday: An area of low pressure is expected to track to the southeast of Nantucket during Monday.
Drizzle with areas of freezing drizzle is expected to develop this evening with the steady precipitation in the form of rain and areas of freezing rain overspreading areas from Worcester County westward to the lower Pioneer Valley by 3 to 4 am. This precipitation will then overspread the rest of Western Mass by 6 am Monday morning.
Freezing Drizzle/Freezing Rain Potential: Given the high pressure system that will be located over northern New England, a north to northeast wind flow tonight into Monday morning will cause temperatures to fall to near or just below freezing across parts of Western and Central Mass.
The Worcester Hills and the Hilltowns of Western Mass have the highest chance of seeing some light icing from freezing drizzle this evening and then from light freezing rain late tonight into Monday morning. Any ice accumulations will be light, however, it may be enough to cause slippery conditions for Monday morning’s commute.
Across the lower Pioneer Valley into the I-84 corridor, temperatures should stay just above freezing for the precipitation to remain drizzle this evening and rain from late tonight through Monday. With that said, it could be extremely close and should the temperatures cool a little more than what is forecast right now, then light icing could occur across these areas as well.
Temperatures are expected to rise to above freezing across all of Western and Central Mass by late Monday morning with rain expected from late Monday morning through Monday afternoon.
Monday Night Through Tuesday: That low pressure system will track through the Gulf of Maine on Monday night and into Atlantic Canada on Tuesday. As it does so, it will wrap moisture around on its backside into southern New England on Monday night into at least Tuesday morning.
In addition, colder air is expected to be pulled back into Western and Central Mass. The combination of colder air moving into the area and moisture wrapping around on the backside of the storm means that a cold rain to a mixture of snow and sleet after midnight Monday night that lasts into part of Tuesday morning.
Any snow and sleet accumulations will be very light with most areas seeing a slushy coating. All-in-all, it is expected to be a very wet snow that is unlikely to stick to roads with accumulations confined to non-pavement/grassy surfaces.
All precipitation comes to an end by mid to late morning Tuesday with a mixture of sunshine and clouds expected Tuesday afternoon with high temperatures between 40 and 45 Degrees.
Wednesday: A weak high pressure system will move into southern New England on Wednesday. There is expected to be enough low-level moisture around, so that we should see a mixture of sun and clouds Wednesday. High temperatures Wednesday will be near 45 Degrees.
Thursday: A more southwesterly wind flow should set up on Thursday and this should lead to some slightly milder temperatures. Thursday is expected to be partly sunny with high temperatures between 45 and 50 Degrees.
Friday Through Saturday: A cold front is expected to push through southern New England during Friday. Plenty of clouds are expected throughout the day Friday along with scattered rain shower activity. High temperatures Friday will be between 50 and 55 Degrees.
Skies will become clear for Friday night and low temperatures will be near 30 Degrees. Northwest winds will gust up to 30 mph at times on Friday night.
Saturday looks to be a partly sunny and windy day with high temperatures generally dry and blustery day with high temperatures near 45 Degrees.
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