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Springfield weather: Cold air retreats, thaw this weekend

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The Jet Stream is going to lift northward over the next few days which brings relief from the cold and begins a warm up for the upcoming weekend. The trade off for the milder temperatures is a period of wet weather Saturday, Saturday night and possibly into early Sunday.

High pressure brings fair skies with a good amount of sunshine Thursday as the cold air begins to retreat. With the winds easing up it will be a much more comfortable and pleasant day although temperatures still remain below normal.

By Friday skies turn mostly cloudy as the high moves offshore and gives way to an approaching disturbance coming out of the Tennessee Valley. This system is not going to generate much precipitation, perhaps spotty snow showers or even some steady light snow for a bit, before it slides out to sea south of us.

Saturday, a cold front approaches from our west. Ahead of the front winds begin to increase out of the south and this will bring in more moisture and mild temperatures. Showers break out Saturday and evolve into periods of rain, with a few locally heavy downpours possible Saturday night, before the rain shuts down early Sunday morning.

The cold front passes through early to midday Sunday and skies should partially clear with a mild day ahead. The air mass behind this next cold front will not deliver anywhere near the kind of cold we have seen recently with the arctic fronts, although it does turn a bit cooler for the start of next week.

If you are attending the New England Patriots game Saturday night at Gillette Stadium the early prediction is for wet and breezy conditions and mild. Temperatures near 50 degrees and winds could be a factor as they become gusty out of the south.

72 Hour Forecast:

Thursday: Some early clouds, otherwise another mainly sunny day. Not as cold or windy. Highs recovering into the mid 20s to 30 degrees. West winds 5 to 15 mph.

Thursday night: Increasing clouds. Not as cold. Lows in the mid teens. Light south winds.

Friday and Friday night: Mostly cloudy. Chance of a few snow showers or spotty light snow through the day. Not as cold. Highs in the low to mid 30s. Nighttime lows in the mid 20s to 30 degrees. Light winds.

Saturday and Saturday night: Developing showers through the afternoon, rain likely and possibly a few downpours overnight. Turning milder as temperatures climb into the low 50s and remain steady through the night. Winds increasing from the south and becoming gusty overnight.

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