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Be prepared for wild swings in the weather across Massachusetts

Next Weather: WBZ Forecast For February 28
Next Weather: WBZ Forecast For February 28 03:36

BOSTON - You can expect the weather across Massachusetts to be volatile the next two days.

Weather forecast timeline

Wednesday afternoon:

As of midday Wednesday, many locations south of the Massachusetts Turnpike had already received near or more than 1 inch of rain.

In addition, we have recorded several wind gusts between 40 and 50 mph over southeastern Massachusetts. The rain will continue with varying intensity through the evening. 

Wednesday night:

A cold front will pass through southern New England in rather dramatic fashion at night. There will be a line of heavy downpours and a spike in wind gusts between 8 p.m. and midnight. For a very brief time, right before tapering off, the rain may change to some wet snow. This final push of rain will drop an additional .5"-1.0" of water overnight. 

The southerly winds will remain gusty through the evening, again, strongest over the Cape and Islands. After the cold front passes through, we will see a bit of a decrease in the winds and a shift to the west. 

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Thursday morning:

Temperatures will take a tumble after midnight as well, dropping 20-to-30 degrees in just a few hours! This could leave some slippery spots in areas that still have some standing water.

Thursday will be a complete 180 from Wednesday. The winds will be quite busy out of the west all day long. "Feels like" temperatures will range from 5-to-15 degrees in the morning hours. We're only expecting a slight recovery in the afternoon with wind chills in the teens and 20s.

What's next?

The cold is here for a very brief stay. Highs on Friday will recover to near seasonal levels and over the weekend we expect highs in the 50s once again. Sadly, we do not expect much sunshine Saturday or Sunday. A meandering area of low pressure to our south will throw a good amount of clouds into New England and likely periods of rain as well. 

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