Freezing rain, sleet on tap in MA on Saturday

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Saturday Night: Any left over sleet and snow will end Saturday evening into Saturday Night.

"A combination of heavy rainfall, snow melt and potential ice jams may cause flooding on rivers and streams", NWS forecasters said in a statement Thursday afternoon.

And finally, it appears that a prolonged January thaw is likely from later next week through most of the rest of the month! But whether or not this will happen in CT is a wildcard.

Rain combining with melting snowpack may generate "urban and isolated" flooding, and the weather agency on Friday issued a flood watch for all of MA and all of Southern New England that remains in effect until Saturday afternoon.

"If it drops into the 20s tonight like they have predicted, we'll have black ice from the rain for sure", he said. That could result in wet surfaces, standing water turning into ice.

Rain will fall at varying intensities this evening with some dense fog likely in some areas.

THURSDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy skies and cold temperatures continue, with a low temperature of 22 degrees. This could cause (1) the precip to end as a wintry mix or freezing rain, especially in the hills of NW CT; (2) a flash freeze, lingering moisture/standing water will freeze leading to slick travel.

Mixed precipitation expected. Rain will change to a mix of freezing rain and sleet early this morning before changing over to all snow.

And temperatures behind the front could stay at or below freezing on Wednesday for parts of north and north-central Alabama, keeping whatever's on the ground in place into Thursday. Clouds will break for some sun Saturday.

Sunday will be sunny, but windy and cold.

Total snow accumulation of one to three inches may occur on top of up to one quarter inch of ice accumulations. The cold continues, with the low Saturday morning about 15.

North winds of 20 to 30 mph will lead to rapidly plummeting temperatures during the morning hours.

Nights will dip into the 20s and low 30s, which means cold weather shelters will open across South Mississippi.