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Pleasant Wednesday Before Rain Returns Thursday

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

The wind advisory that had been in place this afternoon expired early at 5pm. We measured wind gusts on our WeatherBug network over 35mph around much of western Mass, including a 50mph gust in Rowe.

Tonight will feature mostly clear skies and calming winds. Temperatures will drop to the upper 30s overnight.

High pressure will settle in for tomorrow so skies will be sunny and winds will be lighter. It will be pleasant with temperatures reaching into the upper 40s. Readings will still average about 8 to 10 degrees above normal. The normal high for this time of year is 38-40.

An area of low pressure will move our way for Thursday. Clouds will increase quickly Thursday morning followed by rain moving in during the afternoon. We could see about 1/2" to 1" of rain. 

Unlike this past storm, on the other side of this system colder more seasonable air will move in from Canada. The cold air will arrive for the weekend. Temperatures will be more December-like with highs in the 30s. The wind on Saturday will make it feel colder. Wind chills could be in the upper 20s. It will be the coldest weather this month so far. 

The cold weather doesn't stick around long. After Sunday, we begin to see the temperatures increasing. It's a bit early to throw out specific numbers, but we're talking potentially 25° above average for Christmas Eve.

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