Ice Storm Conditions Expected In The Worcester Hills & The Berkshires Today Into Tonight: Temperatures at around 6:15 am this morning show that the Connecticut River Valley/I-91 corridor is just barely above freezing (33-35 Degrees) leading to a very cold rain to fall. Across Worcester County, temperatures range from around 30 Degrees in the hills where freezing rain is occurring & ice has been reported to 33 to 35 Degrees in the lower elevations where a cold rain is occurring and little, if any ice has occurred. Finally, temperatures in the Berkshires are in the upper 20s to low 30s where icing is occurring due to freezing rain.
Temperatures today into tonight will likely remain nearly steady with readings in the Worcester Hills and the Berkshires in the 29 to 32 Degree range and temperatures in the lower elevations as well as across the Connecticut River Valley/I-91 corridor and the Blackstone Valley just above freezing (33-35 Degrees).
This means that rain and sleet will occur today into tonight across the Pioneer Valley/I-91 corridor. In fact, the precipitation may change to all sleet for a while this afternoon and this evening when a push of colder air moves in from the northeast.
Across the Worcester Hills and the Berkshires, freezing rain and sleet is expected today into tonight. Ice accumulations of up to one-half of an inch is expected, especially at elevations of 1,000 feet or higher. Any ice reports and/or road reports you have from the Worcester Hills and Berkshires would be a huge help today!!
New Year’s Eve Day: All of the precipitation with this storm looks to end earlier than what was previously expected. Rain in the lower elevations and freezing rain in the hills will end around dawn on New Year’s Eve morning. The rest of the day looks cloudy and there will be some scattered rain shower activity, especially during the morning. High temperatures on New Year’s Eve Day will be near 40 Degrees.
New Year’s Eve Night: Plenty of clouds are expected and there is expected to be some scattered snow shower activity from the Connecticut River Valley/I-91 corridor westward into the Berkshires. Little or no snow accumulation is expected. It will be chilly on New Year’s Eve night with low temperatures near 30 Degrees and wind chill temperatures of between 15 and 20 Degrees.
New Year’s Day: A sunny to partly sunny day is expected across all of Western and Central Mass with high temperatures near 40 Degrees.
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