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Heavy Rain moves in this afternoon

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Yesterday was a frigid start! In fact, we have a new record low!  The old record for April 6th was 18 set in 1943 but we smashed it with a low of 13!  In fact, it's the 3rd coldest April temperature on record for Westover ARB. In 1964. April 1st and 2nd were 8 and 12 respectively. What an April fool's joke! Milder air is back, but with the trade-off of a wet day.

An approaching low pressure system will bring about an inch of rain – heavy at times- to the area especially this afternoon. There's a slight chance for a flash of lightning late in the day. Expect ponding on the roadways for the evening commute. Showers taper off and end between 7 and 9 pm. We'll also get plenty of wind. Southerly at 15-25 mph. will bring mild air with it. 

Friday, we'll pop us midday showers and perhaps even some small hail mixed in as colder air moves in above. Flurries or snow showers are possible Saturday evening as weak clipper system slides to our south and offshore. Saturday night, a second cold front will deliver even colder air and send us back to early March-like weather for Sunday with a wind chill in the 20s. 

Not unusual for April to have BIG swings in temperature. As mentioned, the lowest on record is 8 and the highest on record is 94! I'm sure no one will mind if we rival that one this year as well. Be rain gear ready today and keep the coats, hats, and gloves on hand for the weekend especially if you'll be out for some opening baseball games.

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