Forecast: Much-Needed Rain Will Affect Several Commutes

We need rain. It's been another warm and dry month in a year during which all 12 months have either been warmer or drier than average. We haven't had a cool wet month this entire year, and November won't break that streak.

There will be the chance of some light precipitation this morning, and where it's still below freezing, some spotty freezing rain or drizzle is possible. This potentially won't occur and most certainly won't be a big deal.

We have two areas of low pressure bringing in two areas of rain. The first one today affects our evening commute, with rain — some of it heavy — falling across the region, especially south of the Mass. Pike. Overnight the rain ends and tomorrow morning should be a dry commute.

Later Wednesday, another area of rain moves up from the south, and this will affect the evening commute. I expect the rain will end Thursday morning, and that commute could be dry or see a few lingering showers.

The two rain events will amount to between 1 and 2 inches with some isolated areas receiving about 3 inches. Since this is coming over a three-day period flooding isn't an issue, and while this is a nice rain, it won't do much to the drought.

Rainfall could exceed two inches from two storm systems through Thursday morning (Courtesty NOAA)
Rainfall could exceed two inches from two storm systems through Thursday morning. (Courtesty NOAA)

Temperatures will be mild the next several days. While it will take much of the day to reach our highs today, eventually most of you will see the thermometer reach the 50s and even a 60-degree reading is possible over Cape Cod this evening.

Thursday brings clearing skies and mild air. This will continue into Friday. Of course, December arrives later this week, and there are some early signs of colder weather this weekend.

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Tuesday: A brief period of freezing rain is possible in Worcester County and points west and north of there early in the day. Later, skies will be cloudy, with rain developing. High 50-55 by the evening.

Tuesday Night: Rain, ending after 9 p.m. Lows in the mid-40s.

Wednesday: Cloudy, then rain moves back in during the afternoon or evening. Highs in the mid-50s.

Thursday: Rain ends early, then clearing. Highs in the mid-50s.

Friday: Partly sunny and cooler. Highs in the mid-40s to near 50.

Saturday: Sun and clouds, highs in the mid-40s.

Sunday: Mainly sunny. Highs in the lower 40s.

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