NWS: Saturday Morning Update on Weekend Storm

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From the National Weather Service:

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO
7 PM EST SUNDAY...

* WHAT...Heavy mixed precipitation expected. Total snow
accumulations of 5 to 8 inches and ice accumulations of one
tenth to four tenths of an inch expected. Winds gusting as
high as 35 mph.

* WHERE...Hampden and Southern Worcester Counties.

* WHEN...Mainly this evening through Sunday afternoon.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Heavy snow develops this evening, changes
to a period of freezing rain and sleet in most locations after
midnight. Temperatures plunging through the 20s by mid afternoon
Sunday will result in a flash freeze and roads becoming icy. Any
mixed precipitation will end as a period of snow Sunday
afternoon. Travel will be very difficult and hazardous tonight
through Sunday afternoon, along with poor visibility at times.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet
and ice will make travel very hazardous or impossible.
 

Local Forecast:

Today
A slight chance of snow before 4pm, then a slight chance of snow after 5pm. Cloudy, with a high near 34. North wind 8 to 10 mph becoming east in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Tonight
Snow before 1am, then rain and snow between 1am and 3am, then rain after 3am. The rain could be heavy at times. Temperature rising to around 39 by 5am. Breezy, with an east wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 18 to 23 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 44 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.
Sunday
Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 46. Breezy, with a southeast wind 17 to 22 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 46 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
Sunday Night
A chance of rain showers, freezing rain, and sleet before 8pm, then a chance of snow showers and sleet between 8pm and 9pm, then a chance of snow showers after 9pm. Cloudy, with a low around 15. Blustery, with a northwest wind 20 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 49 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow and sleet accumulation of around an inch possible.
M.L.King Day
A chance of snow showers before 8am, then a chance of snow after 8am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 18. Blustery, with a northwest wind 18 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Monday Night
A slight chance of snow before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12. Blustery, with a northwest wind 22 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Tuesday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 30. Blustery, with a northwest wind 16 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph.
Tuesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 26. Northwest wind 8 to 11 mph becoming southwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 22 mph.
Wednesday
A chance of snow before 8am, then a chance of rain and snow between 8am and 9am, then a chance of rain after 9am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44. Breezy, with a southwest wind 11 to 16 mph increasing to 18 to 23 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Wednesday Night
Rain likely, mainly after 11pm. Cloudy, with a low around 37. Southwest wind 11 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Thursday
Rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 46. Breezy, with a south wind 9 to 14 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Thursday Night
A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. Southwest wind around 11 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Friday
Partly sunny, with a high near 39. West wind 9 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

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