Wild Weather On Tap For Central Mass.

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An ice fisherman checks his line Tuesday afternoon on Lake Quinsigamond. But warmer weather and high winds may put a temporary halt to ice fishing. Photo Credit: John Swinconeck

SHREWSBURY, Mass. – With Central Massachusetts shrouded in fog Wednesday morning, residents were being warned to expect a wild day of weather. The National Weather Service issued a dense fog advisory for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday with visibility expected to be a quarter mile or less.

Shrewsbury Emergency Management Weather Analyst Jim Arnold said temperatures would climb to the high 40s or low 50s Wednesday afternoon, setting “the stage for rapidly changing conditions during the overnight hours as a very strong cold front approaches.”

The Weather Service also issued a high-wind watch for 6 p.m. Wednesday through Thursday morning.

According to Arnold, southerly to southwesterly winds will increase late Wednesday afternoon, reaching speeds of 25 to 35 mph, with gusts to 55 mph at times, possibly by 8 p.m.

“Very strong winds will continue through the night into Thursday morning before tapering off before noon,” Arnold said. “Showers will become more prevalent by late afternoon, and become quite heavy during the nighttime hours. There is also the chance of scattered thunderstorms overnight, which could contain strong and gusty winds as well.”

“Rainfall is likely to exceed 1 inch during this event and could result in some urban and street flooding in the usual areas,” said Arnold. “Winds will be strong enough to cause some tree damage and the possibility of scattered power outages, but with the pruning effect of recent high wind events, I do not think we will see much tree damage in our area.”

Rain should wind down between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Thursday, with temperatures falling through the 40s during the day. Weather will turn colder with a chance of light snow this weekend and again early next week.

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