SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- Moderate-heavy rain on the way for most of this Thanksgiving holiday. Showers linger through about 4pm or so and then taper off from west to east. A rumble of thunder may be possible toward the tail end of the passing of this system. All of southern New England has been placed under a General Thunderstorm Risk, though the threat is not currently looking likely for Western Mass and increases the farther east you go. Rainfall amounts are looking to be a widespread 0.5-1" with isolated amounts in excess of an inch possible dependent on where the heavier bands of rain line up. Temperatures rise into the lower and middle 50s with a southerly breeze, which may be gusty on occasion.
Wind will shift to the west Thursday night, which will dry things out for Friday. We keep mild air with highs in the mid-upper 50s by the afternoon under a partly to mostly cloudy sky. A mainly dry cold front will move through Saturday with some scattered to patchy clouds and slightly cooler air will follow. Isolated spot showers with the passing of the cold front are possible Saturday, but not likely. Expect good sunshine over the weekend with highs in the low 50s Saturday and 40s to near 50 Sunday with light breezes.
Our next storm system arrives early next week and has the potential to bring heavy rain and strong to damaging wind gusts. It’s a complex storm, so there’s still a lot of detail to work out. Right now, the heaviest rain and strongest wind looks to occur Monday evening through Tuesday morning. It also looks quite mild, so this will be an all-rain event for western Mass. This will be our third major rainfall event in the last week, which should continue to yield improvements for the drought monitor. Temperatures look to trend chillier through the remainder of the week. Wishing you all a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday and weekend to follow!