Forecast: Mild Weather Comes To A Crashing End Saturday

Temperatures continued to be mild all night long and as you wake up this morning, you're probably noticing much less snow on the ground. This trend is going to continue throughout the day and into the first part of Saturday before colder air move back into the region.

There's been talk of flooding across the area and indeed, we do have the possibility of some flooding over the next 24 hours. Most of the rain will come during the 12 hour period between this evening and tomorrow morning.

As temperatures continue to be mild, you'll notice the ice breaking up on rivers as well as some of the ponds. As colder air comes back in later this weekend, things will start to freeze up again very rapidly. Sunday is when things really solidly freeze again.

Temperatures today are going to reach the mid-to-upper 50s and a couple of spots will nudge that 60 degree mark. The record is 57 in Worcester and 61 in Boston and both of those are in jeopardy of being tied. I would say the Worcester record has the better chance but there's a remote chance that Boston could reach 61 degrees this afternoon.

Temperatures will fall rapidly later Saturday morning. (Courtesy Tropical Tidbits)
Temperatures will fall rapidly later Saturday morning. (Courtesy Tropical Tidbits)

You may hear the rumble of thunder overnight tonight with the heavy rain and there will be some very dense fog developing this could affect air travel. Tomorrow, a cold front will slip into the region just as the rain ends. There could be some spotty freezing rain or sleet, but the bigger story is the rapid drop in temperatures. There will be a flash freeze with temperatures dropping from the forties into the twenties in a very short period of time. Boston will be below freezing by 1 p.m.

Look for dry and cold conditions for the Patriots game Saturday night and more dry cold weather the rest of the holiday weekend.

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Friday: A few showers, mild with fog. Evening rain heavy at times. Highs 55-60.

Friday Night: Rain, heavy at times, may thunder. Lows in the upper 40s to lower 50s

Saturday: Rain ends. Briefly may change to freezing rain or sleet before ending, mainly north. Temperatures falling to the lower 20s by dark.

Sunday: Dry and colder. Highs in the mid 20s.

Monday: Sunny and chilly. Highs in the low to mid 20s.

Tuesday: May snow. Highs 29-34.

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