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Springfield weather: Sunny and mild Thursday, wet and milder Friday

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It has been talked about since last weekend and that is a warm up toward the end of this week. That is still in the cards and it begins Thursday through Friday and into the weekend. This will come with somewhat of a price with a chance of some frozen precipitation Thursday night then rain showers into Friday.

Thursday is going to be the pick of the week as we can expect a mainly sunny day with those milder temperatures. Expect the mercury to climb into the 40s. Thereafter conditions begin to deteriorate Thursday night with a mix of rain, freezing rain and possibly a bit of snow transitioning to rain everywhere on Friday. With low pressure moving well to our northwest into southern Canada we get into a mild southerly flow as a warm front approaches from our south. Then, as the low moves into Quebec it drags a cold front through here Friday night. With that said it still appears that temperatures cool down enough during Thursday night so that any precipitation that falls has the potential to be of the frozen variety, mainly freezing rain or snow. Once the warm front to our south lifts through the Pioneer Valley early on Friday temperatures take off well into the 40s changing the precipitation to all rain as well.

With the snow pack and clogged storm drains expect quite a bit of standing water in many of the secondary roads and some street flooding on Friday. Also, areas of fog are likely Thursday night and Friday.

The weekend should feature dry and mild conditions. The air behind the departing cold front is not all that cold and we can expect to remain mild through Saturday into Sunday, although Sunday will most likely be a bit cooler. An upper level disturbance to our north could bring more clouds for Sunday but at this time there would be only a remote chance of a shower.

Winter is not done with us yet. It will gradually get colder the beginning of next week with the potential for storminess around mid week.

72 Hour Outlook:

Thursday: Mostly sunny, increasing afternoon clouds. Mild, high temperatures in the low to mid 40s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph.

Thursday night: Rain with a chance of pockets of freezing rain developing. Areas of fog. Chance of snow mixed in. Lows in the low 30s. Light southeast winds.

Friday: Pockets of freezing rain possible early, otherwise periods of steady rain transitioning to showers. Patchy fog. Milder, highs in the upper 40s to 50 degrees. Southeast to southwest winds, becoming gusty in the afternoon.

Friday night: Becoming partly cloudy. Cooler, lows in the mid to upper 20s. Winds shifting to west at 10 to 20 mph.

Saturday and Saturday night: Partly cloudy. Highs in the 40s. Lows in the upper 20s to 30 degrees.

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