I continue to keep a very close eye on an area of low pressure that is now located near the outer banks of North Carolina. This storm system is very likely to become Tropical Storm Fay either later today or tonight. It is expected that this storm system will pass near the coasts of Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey on Friday before tracking across Southern New England as a 45 to 60 mph tropical storm on Friday night and Saturday morning. What does this mean for our weather? For Western & Central Mass, it means rain will overspread the area during Friday afternoon with rain, heavy at times, expected throughout Friday night and Saturday morning. The rain will come to an end by midday Saturday with gradual clearing expected during Saturday afternoon. 1 to 3 inches of total rainfall is expected depending on the exact track of this storm. This means that some urban and street flooding is possible. Flash flooding is possible should there be any prolonged heavy rain bands with this storm. In addition to the heavy rain, gusty east to southeast winds with wind gusts of up to 40 mph are expected late Friday afternoon and Friday night. For Coastal Southern New England, A heavy wind-swept rain is expected beginning Friday afternoon and continuing through Friday night and Saturday morning. Total rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches are expected. In addition, east to southeast wind gusts of up to 50 to 60 mph are possible Friday afternoon and Friday night. Coastal flooding doesn’t look likely, but extremely rough surf and rip currents are likely Saturday through Sunday at all Southern New England beaches. So, if you’re headed to the beach this weekend, use extreme caution & if you should be caught in a rip current, remember to swim parallel to the shore. Gradual clearing is expected across coastal Southern New England during Saturday afternoon. Needless to say, I am watching this storm system closely and will have more 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!