SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- High pressure continues to give us dry weather tonight and Friday across southern New England. Tonight, a mid-level disturbance is keeping a blanket of cloud cover around, which in turn will keep temperatures a bit milder compared to the last several days.
Friday will begin with temperatures in the middle to upper teens and partly cloudy skies. We may see some good sunshine Friday, especially throughout the morning, then clouds will gradually build back in during the afternoon. Temperatures will climb into the lower and middle 40s with a light northeasterly breeze.
Our next storm system is on tap for this weekend as low pressure moves in from the Plains. The main area of low pressure along with an upper low will be passing just to our west, so we will mostly be on the warm side of the storm. A second coastal low looks to develop, but we won’t have enough cold air in place to see a change to snow. The valley will see all rain with this storm, but the hill towns and Berkshires may begin as snow or a wintry mix before changing over.
Wet weather gets going in the late morning-early afternoon Saturday. Rain is likely throughout the evening and may be heavy at times between 6pm and 11pm. Rainfall amounts end up around 1 inch for many. Even with some mixing in the hills, any accumulations would be light. At the most, some of the highest spots in the hills may pick up an inch or two before rain takes over. Rain ends Saturday night as dry air comes in behind departing low pressure.
We turn breezy Sunday and dry out with some decrease in cloud cover. Our day looks dry for now, but there is a low risk for mountain snow showers. That risk increases Monday morning as the upper level low passes by and some minor accumulation is possible in the higher terrain. The valley won’t see much. Dry, seasonable weather returns Tuesday to Thursday.