Hold On To Your Hats
Posted by Chris Lambert
At least it's a dry start this morning! Ok, that's the good news. In terms of the bad news/stormy weather, here goes:
Scattered showers start arriving mid to late morning and the breeze picks up. The most consistent rains this afternoon would favor the Worcester Hills and back through Western Mass, while the showers are more hit or miss inside Rte. 495. If some sun breaks out through the clouds at times this afternoon, enough daytime heating could spawn a few severe thunderstorms across western MA and the western half of CT, but a southerly wind, with somewhat of a marine influence would tend to reduce that threat from Worcester to Boston. So the chance for us isn't as high, but something we'll keep an eye on anyway.
Winds also pick up and turn gusty, especially late this afternoon. In fact a wind advisory is in place from 4PM today to 6AM tomorrow for gusts up to 50mph. I think for many of us, the strongest winds come after 9PM tonight. The locations most likely to see 50+mph wind gusts will be coastal towns and the higher elevations of central and western New England.
In terms of rain, while we dodge scattered downpours at times this afternoon/evening, the steadiest rain comes in after midnight. Rain and thunder likely wake many up overnight with the worst of the weather from about 2AM-9AM. In terms of rainfall amounts, I expect 1"+ across the area, with a few towns coming in around 2". It won't be enough to cause river/large stream flooding, but it certainly can cause ponding on the roads and urban flooding issues in poor drainage areas. Watch out for a slow morning commute tomorrow.
Rain and wind tapers off from 8-11AM in the morning from west to east. Last locations to see it taper off the coast and the Cape. A better afternoon will prevail.