I am keeping a very close eye on the late week and weekend weather not only here in Western & Central Mass., but also across all of Southern New England as we may very well be dealing with a tropical storm. An area of disturbed weather now over the southeastern United States is expected to start developing along the South Carolina and North Carolina coastline by Wednesday into Thursday. It is possible that this system may strengthen into Tropical Storm Fay as it heads northward & passes near the the coasts of Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey on Friday and Friday night. It is possible that this system could come ashore across Southern New England as a 45-60 mph tropical storm during the day on Saturday. What does this mean for weather? For Western & Central Mass, it means a very rainy Friday night and Saturday with the possibility of wind gusts of up to 40 mph at times. For Coastal Southern New England, it isn't going to be a nice beach weekend at all!! I think, at this time, we are looking at heavy rain throughout Friday night and Saturday and windy conditions with wind gusts of up to 50-60 mph possible. Gradually improving weather is expected for Sunday. Needless to say, I am watching the weekend forecast extremely closely and I will have updates as needed. Thank you for reading my latest forecast for Western and Central Mass. I do not charge for this information, but I am asking for donations to offset operating costs. All donations go to directly offsetting my costs of running Route 20 Weather which include (but not limited to) website hosting & bandwidth, subscriptions to weather data services, as well as electricity and broadband internet. Any amount that you can donate is truly appreciated! Donations can be made by PayPal using E-Mail address firstname.lastname@example.org or by going to https://www.route20weather.com/donate . If you would rather donate by check or money order, please e-mail me at email@example.com & I can send you my mailing address. Thank you again for your support of Route 20 Weather!