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An icy start for some in western MA

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

The first area of low pressure has brought us a little snow and now some sleet and freezing as milder air moves in aloft (high in the sky). Hill towns west of the valley are experiencing the worst of the wintry weather as they approach 2-3 inches of snow and 1/8 inch of accumulating ice from freezing rain.

Freezing drizzle will continue tomorrow morning for Franklin county and some of Hampshire county as well making for a slick drive to work and school. Temperatures will rise through the 30s during the afternoon.

The second, more powerful storm which has spawned tornadoes in Louisiana and other areas of the south is ladened with Gulf of Mexico moisture. This is our wind swept rain event starting tomorrow evening lasting through Thursday morning as the storm tracks to our west. This will also produce a strong southerly wind bringing very mild air to the area late night Wednesday and Thursday morning. The wind will become gusty enough that it may damage some tree branches and cause isolated power outages. Temperatures will reach for 60 as the wind howls with a rumble of thunder possible. So, weather midnight madness Wednesday night!

The heavy rain moves our pre-dawn Thursday and with the passage of a cold front, cooler air filters in Thursday afternoon. Most of Thursday is dry with some periods of sunshine here and there.

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