Freezing rain may fall this evening in Western Massachusetts
National Weather Service forecasters are warning of isolated pockets of light freezing rain early this evening in areas of Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties in Western Massachusetts.
The outlook beyond that is generally gloomy, with successive rounds of rain falling for several days. The only rays of sunshine may peek through Sunday, according to the weather service.
Temperatures are expected to rise toward dawn Saturday, forecasters say. And showers are expected to continue on and off through the morning, said weather service meteorologist Kim Buttrick.
The wet weather will taper off from west to east by Saturday afternoon. Temperatures will be in the high 40s in the city.
Sunday will be mostly sunny and dry with a high near 50.
But the nice weather won’t last long. A low pressure system, lifting into Quebec from the Great Lakes, will bring rain into the region Sunday night.
“Showers will be moving in again Sunday night into Monday ... lingering into Monday night,” Buttrick said.
The weather service warned of the possibility of a period of frozen preciptition across interior Southern New England sometime Sunday night into Monday morning. Snow could even fall for a time across far northwestern Massachusetts during the Monday morning rush hour, forecasters said
But later Monday, temperatures will rise into the mid-50s.
The chance for rain extends into Tuesday, when another low-pressure system will approach the state from the south-southwest, Buttrick said.
That just might be the end of the rain, Buttrick said.
“We are calling for dry conditions on Wednesday for now,” she said.
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