Wintry Weather Returns Saturday

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BOSTON (WBZNewsRadio) - It's that time of year again, where it'll be 64 degrees on Monday and just 36 hours later, snow falling with plows taking over the roads. By Friday we're back on the upswing with temperatures soaring into the 50's, melting away any snow we may have gotten in the last storm. On the horizon however, a massive storm system forming in the desert southwest, on a course to dump snowfall from Texas to Maine.

The weekend weather will be rough from rain, to snow, to wind, so let's break it down step by step.

When it comes to the rain, we will see some light sprinkles and rain showers as early as sunrise on Saturday. The heaviest rain falling between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. During these hours, we can expect periods of downpours with upwards of 1 to 1.5 inches of water. The good news? No concerns over any major flooding, however some smaller street flooding could be possible with large puddles.

As for snow, temperatures on Saturday morning will near 50 degrees, but by midday it will be snowing in all of western Massachusetts. During the afternoon hours, cold air arrives from the west, changing rain to heavy, wet snow in Worcester County. In eastern Mass., there is a very low chance of any accumulating snowfall.

The wind will come in two distinct waves. On the front end of the storm, between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., there will be a burst of strong southerly winds over the Cape and Islands. We could see gusts as high as 40-to-60 mph in that area. And behind the storm heading into the evening hours on Saturday, strong northwest winds will sweep across the entire region, with gusts between 25-to-45 mph through Sunday morning.

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