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Friday Evening Weather Update For Western & Central Mass

Rain is expected to overspread Western Mass between about midnight and 1 am tonight and then across Central Mass between about 1 and 2 am tonight. It's still possible that the precipitation may start out briefly as some snow and sleet across the Berkshires and the northern Worcester Hills before it quickly changes to rain.

A period of heavy rain then looks likely across the entire area between about 3-4 am and 8-9 am Saturday morning. Rain then quickly comes to an end by mid to late morning Saturday.

Total rainfall amounts of a quick 1 to 2 inches or so is likely to lead to more flooding of rivers, streams and creeks late tonight into Saturday. In addition, another round of flooding of low-lying, flood prone areas, areas of poor drainage and urban areas is also expected late tonight into Saturday.

It's also expected to be windy late tonight and during the day Saturday. Winds late tonight will be Southeast at 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 35-40 mph. Winds during the day Saturday will be South at 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 35-40 mph.

Sunday looks to turn much more wintry as a cold front pushes through the region during the afternoon.

I do think it's very likely that we are going to see scattered snow showers and isolated snow squalls between midday and 4 pm Sunday.

Any of the heavier snow showers and snow squalls will be capable of producing a short-lived period of heavy snow that puts down a quick dusting to an inch of snow, along with slick roads and very poor visibilities.

It will be windy and turning colder on Sunday with temperatures between 30 and 35 Degrees and West winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 40-45 mph.

There Is The Potential For Two Threats Of Enough Snow To Plow Next Week. The first looks to be from Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday morning as a coastal storm tracks near our area. I still think that snow amounts of 3 to 6 inches of accumulation seem most possible right now. In addition, this looks like it'll be a light and fluffy snow.

The second possible storm threat looks to be around late next Friday into next Saturday. This storm also has the potential to bring something like 3-6 or 4-8 inches of snowfall to the area.

Both storms will be watched very closely in the coming days and I'll have more updates as needed.


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