Light snow forecast this weekend in Massachusetts; Rain mainly expected from Saturday and Sunday to Monday
Massachusetts could see snowflakes as well as several days of rain over the weekend, forecasters said.
Mainly rain is expected on Saturday as a low pressure system moves through southern New England. According to the National Weather Service, snow is expected to start falling early in the day across much of Massachusetts before quickly turning to rain.
The only exception is higher ground, where snow can mix with rain in the late morning or early afternoon, the weather service said.
Snow is expected to start falling around 7 a.m. in western Massachusetts and between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. in central and northern counties of Worcester and Essex, forecasters said.
By the time the precipitation turns to rain about 2 hours later, less than an inch of snow will have fallen statewide, although southeastern Massachusetts cannot expect any accumulation. One inch to two inch pockets of snow are expected near the Berkshire and Hampden counties border and in northern Franklin and Worcester counties, the weather service said.
“Most areas will see little to no snow accumulation,” the agency noted. “The uppermost terrain could see an inch of buildup and maybe 2 for northwestern MA before turning to rain.”
Drier weather will return on Saturday night, but precipitation is expected again late Sunday through early Monday, particularly towards the state’s southern coast. The best opportunity for precipitation is south of the Massachusetts toll freeway, officials said.
A brief burst of cold air and windy weather is also expected Monday through Tuesday, meteorologists said, a notable difference from the relatively mild and warm conditions Massachusetts experienced for much of this week.