Temperatures in the 40s are expected for much of the weekend in Massachusetts. But Patriots fans will have to deal with rain on Sunday and First Night revelers better prepare to bundle up against the bitter cold on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.
Highs will be in the upper 30s today, which is pretty close to seasonable, said weather service meteorologist William Babcock. A west wind will gust around 20 miles per hour, making conditions feel colder. Winds will calm overnight, and skies will remain clear. Temperatures will drop into the 20s.
Saturday will be mostly cloudy, with temperatures in the low 40s. A west wind will bring some strong gusts to the region, up to 20 miles per hour. The day’s warm airmass will stick around overnight, with temperatures settling in the low 30s, according to the weather service.
“Saturday will be nice and calm, and then we will see a rain event Sunday,” Babcock said. “The rain will spread south to north during the afternoon, and it will be light initially. It might get more intense. We could get over an inch of rain.”
Temperatures Sunday will rise tothe low 40s and a light southwest wind will gust around 5 miles per hour, according to the weather service. Rain will continue overnight. Temperatures will fall into the low 30s, with rain transitioning to snow north of the Massachusetts Turnpike and west of Interstate 495.
Rain is more likely than snow at Gillette Stadium, where the Patriots will take on the Buffalo Bills. “Things will stay on the warm side over there,” Babcock said.
Monday will be partly sunny, with temperatures remaining slightly warmer than usual, near 40. Drier air will enter the region, and no precipitation is expected. Some clouds will enter the region overnight and temperatures will drop into the mid-teens, according to the weather service.
For New Year’s Eve on Tuesday, conditions will remain dry but temperatures will be numbingly cold. During the day, skies will be sunny, but temperatures won’t crest above 23. Overnight, during Boston’s First Night Festivities, a few clouds will enter the region and temperatures will fall to around 9.
“For New Year’s Eve, the highs are in the low 20s during the day and wind chills will be in the mid-teens,” Babcock said. “The overnight wind chills are down in the single numbers.”