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Risk For Black Ice Thursday Afternoon & Thursday Evening Across Parts Of Western & Central Mass

For Tonight: Another round of rain is expected to overspread the region during the 8-10 pm time frame this evening. This rain is expected to persist through the overnight hours of tonight before ending around sunrise Thursday morning. Temperatures tonight will be steady between 40 and 45 Degrees throughout the night. Winds will be Northeast at 8 to 16 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Thursday: The weather forecast for Thursday is pretty complicated and has some uncertainty attached to it. This is due to questions as to how quickly colder air will push southward into the area and whether this cold air will lead to the formation of black ice or not. Areas of fog and drizzle is expected to persist throughout the day on Thursday. At the same time this is happening, a north to northeast wind is expected to pull some cold air southward into the region. The weather forecast guidance are not in good agreement in showing how quickly the temperatures will fall to near freezing and which areas of the region may see black ice issues. At this point, it appears that areas near and north of Route 2 and areas in the Berkshires will be the first to see black ice issues with freezing drizzle occurring by about 10 am or so Thursday. Freezing drizzle then looks like it could become an issue across much of the Worcester Hills and across the I-190 corridor by early afternoon. Areas near and south of the Mass Pike should still be just barely above freezing by early afternoon Thursday with the entire I-91 corridor remaining above freezing through early afternoon. Turning to the mid and late afternoon hours of Thursday, much of, if not all of Central Mass will be near or just below freezing with black ice a big concern for the afternoon/evening commute due to areas of freezing drizzle. This includes all areas north of the Mass Pike, all of I-190, the Mass Pike from Ludlow and points east and all of I-84. Travel during the mid and late afternoon hours of Thursday could be quite tricky across Central Mass. So, caution is advised if you’re going to be on the roads during the afternoon and evening hours of Thursday. As for Western Mass, temperatures along the I-91 corridor should stay above freezing throughout the afternoon into the evening hours, so icy conditions shouldn’t be an issue. The Berkshires should also see a continuation of icy conditions due to freezing drizzle throughout the afternoon and evening hours of Thursday. Thursday Night: Areas of freezing drizzle is expected to continue through the evening across all of Central Mass and across the Berkshires. The I-91 corridor should remain above freezing with drizzle continuing. This means that icy conditions will continue to be a concern across all of Central Mass and across the Berkshires during Thursday evening. By late Thursday night, any freezing drizzle or drizzle looks to change to some scattered snow shower activity. No snow accumulation is expected. Temperatures Thursday night will range from around 30 Degrees across the Berkshires and across much of Central Mass to around 35 Degrees along the I-91 corridor. Friday: A piece of atmospheric energy is expected to cross the region during the day on Friday. This will lead to the possibility for some periods of very light snow to occur, especially from late morning through the afternoon hours. Any snow accumulations will be very minimal and should amount to perhaps a dusting. High temperatures will be between 35 and 40 Degrees. Winds will be Northwest at 5 to 10 mph. This Weekend: The sun will return for Saturday with a mixture of sunshine and clouds expected throughout the day. High temperatures Saturday will be between 40 and 45 Degrees. Sunday will be sunny to partly sunny with high temperatures between 35 and 40 Degrees. Early Next Week: The weather for early next week will need to be watched as an area of low pressure tracks off of the Mid-Atlantic coast. The big question is how close will that storm track in relation to our area. A track well offshore would leave us dry, however, should this storm track closer to our area, it would lead to some accumulating snow across the region during the day on Monday. It’s a storm to certainly keep an eye on, but at this point, it’s too soon to say how close this storm may come to our area.

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