Yes, it is April 22 and those are snowflakes tumbling from the sky. The National Weather Service says some parts of Massachusetts are seeing light snow and rain showers.
[2:40 pm] If you think you've seen some flakes flying today, you aren't crazy! Light snow and rain showers have been popping up across our area. Today is our last chilly day for a while, spring temps return for the weekend 🌷🌼#mawx #riwx #ctwx pic.twitter.com/PBVZvs7Gjj— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) April 22, 2021
The showers are expected to continue “during the afternoon hours, diminishing late,” forecasters said in a Web posting.
In the wake of a cold front, highs are only expected to reach the 40s, with gusts of 30 to 40 miles per hour common, and a few gusts over 45 miles per hour.
A cold night is expected ahead. The weather service issued a freeze warning from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. for areas in Norfolk, Bristol, and Plymouth counties, saying temperatures could drop as low as 30, harming crops, vegetation, and unprotected outdoor plumbing.
“Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold. To prevent freezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes they should be wrapped, drained, or allowed to drip slowly. Those that have in-ground sprinkler systems should drain them and cover above-ground pipes to protect them from freezing,” forecasters advised.
Things are expected to warm up Friday, into the upper 50s and low 60s, and into Saturday, when highs in many places will reach near 70. Then a coastal storm will bring periods of rain Sunday followed by blustery and drier conditions Monday, forecasters said.
The forecasters also warned of the potential for wildfires in the region.
“An elevated fire weather potential is expected today for much of southern New England. This is due to a combination of relative humidities dropping between 20 to 35 percent this afternoon and west winds gusting between 35 to 40 mph,” the forecasters said in a special weather statement.
Friday will bring another day of increased risk for wildfires, forecasters said.
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