For The Rest Of Today: The morning sunshine we are seeing will give way to increasing and thickening clouds this afternoon. Rain is expected to develop across Western Mass by about 4 to 5 pm this afternoon and then across Central Mass between about 6 and 8 pm this evening.
High temperatures this afternoon will be between 60 and 65 Degrees.
A Strong Storm System Will Bring Heavy Rain & Gusty Winds Tonight; Strong Winds & Rain Is Expected On Thursday: An area of low pressure is expected to rapidly strengthen as it tracks from the New Jersey coast this evening through eastern Mass during the overnight hours of tonight reaching the seacoast of New Hampshire on Thursday morning. This powerful storm system is then expected to move across Maine during the day on Thursday.
Here Are The Details On This Storm & What To Expect:
Heavy Rain: The combination of very strong energy, lots of moisture and some unstable air will lead to heavy rain to even very heavy rain to occur tonight, especially from about 9 pm this evening until about 5 am Thursday morning. In addition to the heavy rain, a few rumbles of thunder are likely at times, especially between midnight tonight and 5 am Thursday morning. Any thunderstorms will have the potential to produce localized strong wind gusts of up to 50-55 mph and very heavy rainfall.
Rain is expected to continue through a large part of the day on Thursday before it comes to an end late Thursday afternoon. The rain intensity on Thursday will generally be light in nature.
Rainfall Totals Of Around 2 inches are expected across Western and Central Mass. Upwards of 3 to even 4 inches of total rainfall is a strong possibility in the Worcester Hills and across the eastern slopes of the Berkshires.
Given that rivers and streams are running below normal right now, it seems unlikely that we will see any sort of river or stream flooding from this storm. Urban and poor drainage flooding, however, is likely given how hard the rain is expected to fall tonight.
Strong Winds: This looks to be a two part strong wind event across Western and Central Mass.
The first part will be tonight as that low pressure moves from the New Jersey coastline and across eastern Mass. East to Southeast winds will gust up to 25-35 mph this evening and then shift into a north and northeast direction with gusts up to 30 to 40 mph expected after midnight. It should be noted that any embedded thunderstorms could lead to wind gusts of up to 50 to 55 mph in some localized spots and this is something to watch out for.
The second part of the strong wind event is expected to begin around daybreak on Thursday as a wave of energy combines with winds shifting into a west and northwest direction and cooler air rushing in behind the storm. This means that there could be a short time period where the winds could gust up to 50 to 60 mph between 6 am and 9 am Thursday morning. This burst of strong winds could lead to tree damage and possible power outages right at the time of morning rush hour.
For the remainder of Thursday (late morning through the afternoon hours), it is expected to remain windy with west to northwest winds gusting up to 40 to 50 mph at times.
Friday: A sunny to partly sunny, but windy day is expected on Friday with high temperatures near 60 Degrees. West to northwest winds are expected to gust up to 30 to 40 mph at times on Friday.
Saturday & Sunday: A large high pressure system will be centered over New England this weekend.
Saturday is expected to be a sunny day with high temperatures near 60 Degrees.
Clear to partly cloudy skies are expected on Saturday night with low temperatures between 35 and 40 Degrees.
Sunny skies are expected on Sunday with high temperatures near 65 Degrees.
Monday & Tuesday: That high pressure system will begin to move to the east on Monday as a frontal system starts to approach the area from the west. This means that Monday looks partly sunny with high temperatures between 65 and 70 Degrees.
That frontal system is expected to push through the area on Tuesday. This front may have a connection to a bunch of tropical moisture that will be streaming northward from the Gulf of Mexico. This means that Tuesday could be quite wet with widespread showers expected with locally heavy rainfall possible. High temperatures Tuesday will be near 65 Degrees.
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