• Scattered showers into Friday night, heavy rain for Saturday



    Light precipitation will fall intermittently Friday. A change from flurries to drizzle is likely early afternoon as temps warm above freezing from Boston south. Northeastern Mass. may maintain a light mix. The Worcester Hills and southern NH will probably stay cool enough to support all flurries today without a changeover. Precip will taper off between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and the evening will stay dry and cloudy. Here's some good news for those of you with Friday night plans-temps will hold steady so it won't be bitter!
    Early Saturday temps will be near freezing inland where a touch of freezing rain is possible through about 10 a.m. Rain will start light after 4 a.m. tomorrow and get heavier in the afternoon and especially the evening. Be ready for moderate showers for all your afternoon plans with temps in the 50s!
    Winds will strengthen and rain gets heavier in the evening. South winds to 15 to 30 mph will gust up to 45 mph and a Wind Advisory may be issued for parts of southern New England. I wouldn't be surprised if there were some overnight flashes of lightning.
    The Patriots will play with heavy rain in place. It will be mild at Gillette Saturday night at about 50 degrees. Southerly winds 15 to 25 mph will make for a wind whipped rain.
    Rain should end around 7 a.m. Sunday morning. The morning will probably stay cloudy but partly sunny skies will develop in the afternoon. Despite the departure of the rain making cold front, it will stay very breezy. Winds Sunday will start around 25 mph from the west and weaken to 15 mph in the second half of the day. Gusts could still be substantial in the 30 mph range.
    A Flood Watch has been issues from Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon due to heavy rain in addition to melting snow  north and west of Boston. Localized flooding is possible. Warm temperatures will allow ice currently blanketing river to break apart; ice jams may then develop and prompt river flooding.

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