Periods of heavy rain and slowly becoming milder into the afternoon

Heavy rain will slowly bring temperatures into the 50s for parts of western Massachusetts

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Several weather issues could cause difficulties today.

Freezing rain could cause icing in very isolated spots into early afternoon.  A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Franklin and western Hampshire County until 1pm due to the risk of icy spots.

Heavy rain has arrived and will be with us on and off through the afternoon.  As heavier rain pushes through, temperatures will slowly warm. While at first we’ll struggle to get out of the 30s or low 40s, we’ll likely see a sudden spike in temperatures around mid-afternoon with our warmest spots reaching the low 50s.

Rainfall amounts will range from 0.5-1.5 inches and could lead to minor street flooding. We are also watching the Millers River near Athol and Orange, where an ice jam could cause some low-lying river flooding there. A Flood Watch has been issued for eastern Franklin County for that reason today. A Flood Watch is also in effect for Berkshire County until Wednesday morning.

Here’s the timing of concerns today:

  • Until 1PM: Icy spots, especially Franklin County and western Hampshire County
  • Through 4PM: Rain, heavy at times. Thunderstorm also possible.

Stay with 22News as we track today’s weather issues.