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Beautiful Afternoon; Frigid Night Ahead

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

It was a frigid start with temperatures in the single digits! Highs this afternoon have topped off around 40 as the frigid cold air retreats back into Canada. The winds will remain light as we head in to the evening. Combine those light winds with very dry air, we can expect maximum radiational cooling overnight. We will wake up tomorrow with temperatures in the single digits once again. However, just like today, temperatures Thursday and Friday will bounce back to at or above 40 both afternoons. 

A weak system will move our way later Friday night into Saturday. Some low level moisture from the coast will try to make its way into western Mass by the evening. Our upper level temperatures support more rain than snow, but low level temperatures make cause the drizzle to freeze on contact. Right now, Friday night is looking to be a minor, but we are watching this closely.  Most of the day Saturday will be dry and cloudy with temperatures in the 30s. 

A second more potent storm will arrive on its heels for the second half of the weekend.  This looks like a milder system. Although it may have a more juice with it, it will most likely fall in the form of rain during the day on Sunday. Even though we are rainy on Sunday, temperatures could still reach in to the upper 40s to near 50 by Sunday afternoon.

The Arctic cold tries to invade New England early next week again, where we could see overnight lows back in to the low teens. 

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