Records Fall, Temps Are Next
Posted by Pete Bouchard
Gusty southwest winds got the job done today. Records fell in Worcester and Portland this afternoon.
As of this typing, Boston fell short by three degrees! In any event, the high temperatures were the tamest part of this storm system. The high winds and torrential rain are yet to come.
Timeline is pretty much set on both. Expect fast-hitting showers and brief downpours through much of the night, but the main rain event will wait until 4am-7am tomorrow. All the while, the wind will slowly ramp up as the front approaches. Gusts have been near 40-50 for isolated spots this evening, but by that magical 4-7am timeframe, we will see them peak at 50-60mph. Needless to say, at these speeds, there may be some power outages and tree damage.
Storm races out tomorrow, but the winds will take their time to come down. Gusts could still hold at 30-40mph through the early/mid morning. Temperatures on the other hand, will still be somewhat balmy - for late January. Early highs make the low/mid 50s, then fall to the 40s by afternoon.
Colder weather will rule into the weekend and all of next week. Don't see any 60s, but I do see a close brush with a storm on Sunday. Right now accumulations look minor....keeping with the winter theme.