Snow is here, up to 2 inches possible

Snow is here, up to 2 inches possible

Heavy rain in the forecast for Friday night

Friday: Mostly cloudy.  Light snow or flurries early, then a 50% chance of additional light snow during the afternoon with accumulations of an inch or less.  Becoming breezy during the afternoon.  Lake-effect snow showers developing across the far-north as well.

Peeks of sunshine developed during the afternoon across parts of central Wisconsin, with cloud cover lingering elsewhere. It was cold again, as highs ranged from the mid 20s to low 30s. The west to southwest winds remained light.

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The cold weather pattern will continue through the middle of next week, then trend a bit warmer. Some snowfall will be possible during the period, but amounts will be light except across the northern part of the state in the Lake Superior snow belt.

Flurries in Fridays forecast

A light snowfall will develop tonight and linger into the morning Friday, with much of the area receiving around an inch of accumulation. Additional light snowfall is expected Friday afternoon and evening, with up to an inch of accumulation possible. Breezy northwest winds developing Friday afternoon will lead to lake-effect snow showers across the far-north, with this activity continuing into Saturday morning.

The National Weather Service has issued Winter Storm Warning for Ashland, Iron, and Vilas  Counties from 6 a.m. Friday morning until 6 a.m. Saturday morning, and a Winter Weather Advisory for Oneida and Forest Counties from 6 a.m. Friday until midnight Friday night.  Total snow accumulations of 6-12″ will be possible across much of Ashland, Iron, and Vilas Counties, with 4-6″ possible across the northern portions of Oneida and Forest Counties.  The northwest winds will cause blowing and drifting.

The weekend forecast includes some sunshine Saturday, then a chance of snow showers or light snow Saturday night and Sunday, with only minor accumulations expected.

Breezy conditions are likely Monday and Tuesday, along with snow showers in the snow belt and a few flurries elsewhere.

Look for clouds to increase as the day goes on, and heavy rain to arrive by the evening, according to the National Weather Service.

A flood watch is in effect for most of Massachusetts from 5 p.m. Friday through Saturday afternoon. A wind advisory is in effect for the Cape and islands from 10 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Saturday.

“A widespread soaking rainfall is forecast this evening and overnight,” the weather service said. “This rainfall will bring the potential for significant urban and poor drainage flooding.”

Take a look at the storm drains on your street and make sure they’re clear of any leaves, because clogged drains will only make flooding worse.

Forecasters predict one to two inches of rainfall throughout most of the state, and as much as three inches in some places. The rainfall totals in Berkshire County are expected to be slightly less, but could still result in some flooding.

The rest of the weekend will shape up to be sunny and dry. Saturday will be mostly cloudy in the morning, and then clearing, with highs in the upper 40s. It will get colder in the afternoon as temperatures fall into the lower 40s, forecasters said.

Saturday night will be mostly clear and chilly in the Boston area, with lows dipping to the lower 30s. Sunday will be sunny, with highs in the lower 40s, and temperatures are expect to plunge into the 20s at night.

Monday will be mostly sunny during the day, with highs in the mid 40s, and the next round of rainfall is due to arrive Monday night, and it could be heavy at times. Even better yet, there’s a chance it could start as snow in some places.

“This may result in some renewed river flooding,” the weather service said. “There is also the low risk that precipitation begins as a period of snow or ice across the interior, but mainly a rain event is expected.”

[Flood Watch Fri Night/Sat] Heavy rain late Fri/Fri night may result in some urban/poor drainage street flooding. Steady rain ends by daybreak Sat, but runoff may result in some minor river/stream flooding into Sat pm. Dry weather returns Sat, but it turns windy and chillier.

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