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Rain Showers This Afternoon Across Western & Central Mass; Lots Of Sunshine Saturday

For The Rest Of Today: A cold front is expected to push across western Mass between 12 and 2 pm this afternoon and then across Central Mass between about 2 and 4 pm this afternoon.

This front will be accompanied by a band of rain showers that will impact Western and Central Mass beginning around midday and continue through much of this afternoon. The rain shower activity will end from west to east between 4 and 5 pm this afternoon.

High temperatures of 50 to 55 Degrees will occur around midday today. Temperatures are expected to fall quickly through the 40s across Western Mass during the early and mid-afternoon hours and across Central Mass during the mid and late afternoon hours.

Winds will shift into the west and northwest during this afternoon and will gust up to 30 to 35 mph.

Tonight: An area of high pressure will build into the region tonight bringing with it clear to partly cloudy skies. It will be cold and windy tonight with low temperatures near 25 Degrees. West to Northwest winds will gust up to 30 to 35 mph throughout tonight with wind chill temperatures in the teens to near 20 Degrees expected.

Saturday: Saturday is expected to feature sunny to partly sunny skies with high temperatures between 40 and 45 Degrees.

Saturday Night & Sunday: It looks likely that some slippery travel conditions due to a period of light freezing rain and sleet will impact Western and Central Mass late Saturday night into Sunday morning.

An area of low pressure is expected to track from near southeastern Virginia late Saturday night to near Nantucket during Sunday afternoon. Overall, this storm system looks rather mild as there is likely going to be no high pressure system located to our north to feed this storm cold air.

With that said, some near freezing or sub-freezing temperatures may get dammed up across parts of Western and Central Mass leading to a period of icing late Saturday night into Sunday morning before milder air wins out and causes a change to rain everywhere across Western and Central Mass by midday Sunday.

My Thinking Is That some light freezing rain and sleet will overspread parts of Western and Central Mass just before sunrise Sunday morning and continue through part of Sunday morning before changing to all rain by late morning Sunday.

The areas of Western and Central Mass that I think has the highest chance of some light icing Sunday morning will be across the northern Worcester Hills, across the Hilltowns of Western Mass and across the Berkshires. Elsewhere across Western and Central Mass, it will probably be a very cold rain Sunday morning with temperatures in the 30s.

Rain is then expected to continue through Sunday afternoon across all of Western and Central Mass before ending early Sunday evening.

Obviously, any ice accumulations Sunday morning (probably between about 5 am and 10 am) could lead to slippery conditions, especially in northern Worcester County and the upper Pioneer Valley of Western Mass (Route 2 corridor) – so, be aware of this if you have travel plans Sunday morning. Road conditions are likely to improve and just be wet by midday Sunday.

Monday Through Wednesday: Sunny skies are expected on both Monday and Tuesday. High temperatures Monday will be near 45 Degrees. High temperatures Tuesday will be between 50 and 55 Degrees.

A cold front will move across the region on Wednesday bringing with it cloudy skies and some scattered rain shower activity. High temperatures Wednesday will be between 50 and 55 Degrees.

Thanksgiving Day Weather Forecast: Sunny skies and quite windy conditions are forecast on Thanksgiving Day. High temperatures will be between 40 and 45 Degrees. West to northwest winds may gust up to 35 to 45 mph at times.

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