Dry morning to turn to rain overnight

Friday’s chilly and dry conditions will transition to moderate rainfall late Friday night, but the storm will be clearing out by Saturday’s New England Patriots playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs, the National Weather Service said.

“There will be no effect on the game,’’ weather service meteorologist Bill Simpson said. The game starts at 4:35 p.m. in Foxborough.

Temperatures will rise well into the 30s Friday. Rain is expected to arrive around midnight and continue into Saturday morning, forecasters said. Daytime temperatures should reach the 40s on Saturday, but drop below freezing overnight.

Colder temperatures are expected in Central and Western Massachusetts, where there is a possibility for freezing rain or some snowfall, the weather service said. Forecasters expect less than an inch of ice to form in the northwest corner of the state, over the northern Berkshires.


“The real issue is the overnight mixed precipitation,’’ Simpson said.

Within Boston, however, no ice or snow is expected.

Saturday’s forecast temperatures are several degrees above the average for this time of year. The normal high in Boston for Jan. 16 is 35 degrees. In Worcester, it’s 31.

Sunday is expected to be partly sunny, with a high near 36 degrees and winds of about 10 and 15 miles per hour, the weather service said.

A low pressure system is expected to bring light snow to the region Sunday night and throughout Monday morning. While the snowfall is not expected to be significant, it has a possibility of having a strong impact on the roads Monday morning.

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