Wicked Winds Ahead

 Hope the kiddos had fun last night… good thing this incoming storm wasn’t a day faster, because tonight will feature wicked winds.

Although we sneak in a few dry hours early this morning, rain develops mid to late morning, becoming steadier this afternoon.  The heaviest rain takes place over Southeast Mass through the day, with lighter amounts northwest of 495.  

Despite the rain, the headliner from this system will be the wind.  North to northeast winds increase this afternoon, becoming quite gusty late in the day and overnight.  In fact, wind gusts will run 40-50mph along the coastline, with the potential for 60+mph gusts over the coast of Southeast Mass and the Cape and Islands.  Inland gusts run 30-45mph.  With leaves on many trees still, down branches/isolated power outages are possible. 

In addition, those powerful winds will help stir up the seas and produce some coastal flooding issues.  We do have a coastal flood watch in effect as minor to pockets of moderate coastal flooding is expected near the 7pm high tide tonight and 7am high tide tomorrow.

What about snow?  Believe it or not, the atmosphere late this afternoon and this evening, starts to get cold enough that flakes aren’t out of the question to mix.  If we can get some heavier bursts of afternoon precip to move in, north and west of Boston, some wet flakes could fly as temps fall into the 30s.  The ground is warm, temps are marginal, so I don’t expect widespread shovels and plows needed, but it’s certainly an indication how cold this storm is as minor, slushy accumulations are possible, especially over the higher terrain.  In fact, heavy snow is expected across much of the state of Maine into Sunday!

We’ll get some lulls in the precip late tonight, before another batch of rain/snow move in by tomorrow morning.  This batch is with the second area of low pressure to pass to the east of us.  If enough moisture makes it back across eastern Mass tomorrow morning, there will be enough cold air that rain changes to snow and minor accumulations are possible.  Flakes could fly all the way to the coast.

That second batch of showers/flakes tomorrow morning taper off by early afternoon, leaving a dry game out there at Gillette.  It will be a chilly one with temps in the lower 40s and a very active northerly winds, gusting 30-40mph.

Brighter and warmer temps are back in the forecast by mid-week.

Have a good weekend, and go Pats!!!!!!!!

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