After below-freezing temps, Greenfield enjoys reprieve 

After two consecutive weeks of temperatures not rising above 32 in Greenfield, the area experienced its first above-freezing day on Tuesday.

“Basically, Greenfield spent the first eight days of the year below normal, and the last six days of December below normal,” said Alan Dunham, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Taunton.

Dunham noted that while the frigid temperatures weren’t record-breaking, “What made it noteworthy was that it was so cold for so long.”

Friday and Saturday will bring even higher temperatures to the region. Greenfield can expect a high around 55 degrees on Friday and 45 on Saturday, according to the weather service.

But those looking to enjoy a balmy day outside may want to rethink the decision, since the higher temperatures also will bring two days of rain.

“We have a frontal system that will slowly move across (the region) Saturday morning and then we’ll have a high of 45, but temperatures falling through the afternoon,” said Dunham. On Saturday night, he said, “We’re looking at a low around 17.”

Dunham noted that the region should expect 2 to 3 inches of rain Friday and Saturday, but some isolated regions could experience as much as 4 inches.

“We have a flood watch out for all of Massachusetts for Friday morning through Saturday afternoon,” he said.

Due to the temperatures climbing into the 50s, much of the snow on the ground will melt. Dunham cautioned that there could be ice jams in bodies of water, which also enhances the threat of flooding.

He warned that any roads with clogged storm drains could end up being flooded.

Dunham said he’d be concerned about the possibility of freezing roads due to the amount of snow melt and rain freezing over when temperatures plunge Saturday evening.

Reach Christie Wisniewski at: cwisniewski@recorder.com

or 413-772-0261, ext. 280

Author: Going Green

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