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Springfield weather: Cloudy and cooler Thursday, chance of light precipitation

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The bitter cold of early January has transitioned to a milder than normal period that has been in place this week allowing for a nice break from Winter. Changes are on the way however as we begin to trend cooler over the next several days and then back into the deep freeze later next week. The January Thaw comes to an end by this weekend.

With the cooler temperatures will come lots of cloudiness with a few periods of light precipitation. A disorganized area of low pressure is moving well offshore today with a couple waves of low pressure moving across or just south of southern New England over this weekend.

Thursday, plenty of clouds with a chance of a few light snow showers in the hills, rain and snow showers elsewhere. The precipitation, if we get any, remains light and should be out of here by early tonight. Once this disturbance moves out into the open waters we will be in for another fine mid January day on Friday, although early morning fog and clouds will have you thinking otherwise early in the day.

Friday night and Saturday one disturbance moves just south of our area and may generate a few light snow showers or a period of light snow. We dry out over Saturday night before another quick moving disturbance brings the possibility of a few more snow showers Sunday. We do have to watch out for the possibility of coastal development both days, which would enhance the precipitation, but right now it appears any development will take place too far offshore to impact our area.

Overall, the weekend features plenty of clouds with some nuisance snow showers or light snow but that is about it and should not impact any plans you may have. As noted earlier temperatures are going to be trending cooler through the weekend as we return to more seasonal temperatures.

Much the same can be said for Martin Luther King Day with a mix of clouds and sun and turning colder.

Tuesday and Wednesday may bring us a more organized system and with colder air in place there would be a chance for snow sometime during that time frame. More on that possibility over this weekend.

72 Hour Outlook:

Thursday and Thursday night: Mostly cloudy with a chance of a few afternoon rain and snow showers, mainly snow showers in the hills. Remaining mostly cloudy early tonight, followed by partial clearing. Areas of patchy fog redeveloping. Cooler. High temperatures in the mid to upper 30s. Overnight lows in the mid 20s. Light and variable winds.

Friday: Early fog, otherwise a mix of sun and clouds. Pleasant, afternoon highs into the low and mid 40s. Light south winds.

Friday night: Increasing clouds, becoming mostly cloudy with a chance of snow showers. Lows in the mid 20s. Light south to southwest winds.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy, a few snow showers and or period of light snow possible. Cooler, highs in the upper 30s. Light west to northwest winds.

Saturday night: Partly cloudy and colder. Lows in the low 20s.

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