Freezing rain Saturday to give way to dry Christmas

Published: 12/23/2016 11:21:11 PM

Early morning holiday travel could be difficult Saturday morning as freezing rain and snow is expected to pass through the area, according to the National Weather Service in Taunton.

A winter weather advisory is scheduled from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden counties which include Greenfield, Amherst and Northampton.

“Any kind of freezing rain could cause really slippery roadways, especially on untreated roadways,” meteorologist Eleanor Vallier-Talbot said. “Especially on secondary roadways, walkways, people outside walking – watch out.”

Freezing rain and snow is expected to develop after 2 a.m. to 3 a.m., according to Vallier-Talbot.

Vallier-Talbot said as the day goes on, warmer winds will start to kick-in out of the south.

“We are expecting some milder temperatures around 9 to 10 a.m.,” she said.

Temperatures should get close to freezing around midday, according to Vallier-Talbot.

Around mid-afternoon, the precipitation will taper off and milder temperatures are expected to arrive.

Christmas Day, Vallier-Talbot said, looks like a dry day with high temperatures in the mid-to-upper 30s.

Vallier-Talbot said with a few clouds hanging around, it should be a really nice Christmas Day.

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