Snowy, windy conditions expected Thursday morning

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The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency is urging residents to clear snow and ice from catch basins and storm drains in their neighborhoods, avoid parking in flood-prone areas, and move stuff stored in basements to higher spots in the house to reduce the impact.

With ice on the rivers, ice jams might be an issue.

Flood Watch for all of Western Massachusetts through Saturday afternoon.

Any untreated surfaces will quickly ice over during Saturday as a rapid drop in temperatures occurs. Therefore, as temperatures dive below freezing, bridges and overpasses will likely ice up first, followed by main roadways, sidewalks and parking lots. Because Friday's balmy temperatures are expected to plummet, a thin coating of ice is expected to form on the ground, the service said in an early-morning alert Friday. Temperatures will return to the teens and 20s on Sunday and Monday. Wednesday night, mostly cloudy, with a low around 8.

Tuesday, a chance of snow showers.

Freezing rain is expected overnight and early morning Friday. The main concern during the day on Saturday is for a flash freeze. At least the wind will become lighter.

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The agency added that precipitation could reach between a quarter and half of an inch today. Rainfall will be showery and not all that heavy until the evening. Areas of fog. Low around 40. With a brisk south wind, moisture is being pumped into the region. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Rainfall will amount to between 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch during the day and another inch or two overnight.

Saturday: A 50 percent chance of rain, mainly before 9 a.m. A total of 1-to-3 inches of rain with pockets up to 4 inches is expected. Low around 14. North wind 14 to 16 miles per hour.

Friday night should be cloudy with a low around 10 degrees and wind chill values between zero and 5 degrees along with northerly winds around 10 miles per hour. Windy, with a north wind 24 to 28 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 36 miles per hour. North wind 8 to 13 miles per hour.

SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy with a wintry mix.

"Sunday there will be not much change in the temperature with a high of 54 and a low of 36", Platt said.

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