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Springfield weather: Active pattern lies ahead

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The low pressure system that gave us today’s rain pulls away with the precipitation coming to an end early tonight. Skies will begin to improve after midnight with some clearing and areas of fog developing. Temperatures likely falling below freezing throughout the area and this may cause some black ice in those locations where standing water remains from the earlier rainfall.

An active weather pattern continues for the foreseeable future as several opportunities for unsettled weather through this weekend.

First up is an area of disturbed weather in the upper levels that will throw a lot of clouds in here later Wednesday afternoon and night. There is a slight chance of an early evening rain shower then a snow shower overnight, otherwise it stays mostly cloudy. The first half of Wednesday should present a fair amount of sunshine and another mild day with light winds is anticipated.

Low pressure is forecast to develop off the Carolina coastline later Wednesday and Wednesday night, moving well southeast of Nantucket on Thursday. The system is expected to be too far offshore to have much of an impact on the area with eastern sections of Massachusetts, Cape Cod and Rhode Island having the best opportunity for precipitation. However, if the system tracks further west it could back some precipitation into the greater Springfield area early on Thursday. That scenario is an outlier right now but still a possibility.

The low pulls away and we dry out again on Friday with a return to sunshine and continued mild temperatures.

Yet another in a series of low pressure systems will move toward southern New England Friday night and early Saturday. This will bring another round of unsettled weather with snow showers or a period of light snow Friday night and early on Saturday. This system bears close watching however as it is expected to be more organized and tracks closer to the area giving us a much better chance for precipitation

Still another disturbance in the form of a weak Alberta Clipper quickly moves across the Pioneer Valley Sunday and with that comes a chance of more snow showers.

Cooler air begins to work in later Saturday and Sunday bringing an end of our week of mild temperatures.

72 Hour Outlook:

Tonight: Rain ends with some partial clearing late. Areas of fog developing. Cooler, low temperatures in the upper 20s to 30 degrees. Light northwest winds.

Wednesday: Becoming mostly to partly sunny in the morning, partly to mostly cloudy in the afternoon. Early morning fog. Mild, highs in the mid 40s to near 50 degrees. Light and variable winds.

Wednesday night: Becoming mostly cloudy. Slight chance of an early rain shower, possibly a snow shower overnight. Lows in the upper 20s. Winds near calm.

Thursday and Thursday night: Partly to mostly cloudy and cooler. Slight chance of a passing snow or rain shower. Highs in the upper 30s to low 40s. Overnight lows in the 20s. Light winds.

Friday: Partly sunny and pleasant. Highs in the low 40s.

Friday night: Becoming mostly cloudy. Chance of snow showers or light snow developing. Lows near 30.

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