Forecast discussion: Well, many of us heard the strong winds and rainfall around eastern Massachusetts last night. The strong ocean storm helped bring heavy rainfall in isolated areas, with strong winds and isolated thunderstorms with some pretty good lightning. According to Logan Airport, Boston received almost 3 inches of rain over the last two days since the writing of this report, helping to create street flooding during the morning commute. Wind gusts reached as high as 30 mph with wind gusts of 41 mph last night, helping to bring down small trees.
So, how much longer will this low stick around New England? Well, the low’s center will be moving south of Nantucket over the next hour. We will still see showers off and on through the evening, as the bands continue to rotate around the center. As we head into Friday, the low will begin to move towards the Gulf of Maine. So, showers will become more isolated as we move through Friday morning. By the mid-afternoon, we will begin to see the last of any raindrops.
The skies will remain cloudy during most of the overnight, until a high pressure ridge begins to bring drier air over Southern New England. We should see the sunrise Saturday morning, along with sunshine throughout the day. However, a fast moving cold front in the Central U.S. may bring the threat of a passing shower while we sleep Saturday night.
The high pressure center will move closer to the east on Sunday, and we will see dry weather right into Tuesday. A weak warm front will pass through New England on Wednesday, allowing temperatures to rise into the upper 60’s during the day. But, a cold front will bring some scattered showers by Wednesday night. The front will be to our east early Thursday morning, setting up for dry, sunny weather next Thursday. Temperatures during the day will fall into the lower 60’s by next Thursday.
72 hour forecast:
Tonight: Scattered showers, patchy fog, and breezy around the state. We will see a low of 48.
Friday: Drizzle and isolated showers until 2 p.m. Skies will remain mostly cloudy. We will see a high of 55 with northwest winds of 13-16 mph.
Friday night: Mostly cloudy with clearing skies before dawn and a low of 47. Winds will come from the northwest at 9-12 mph.
Saturday: Mostly sunny with increasing clouds by the late afternoon with a high of 62.
Saturday night: Mostly cloudy with a possible shower until 5 a.m. with a low of 49.
Sunday: Mostly sunny with a high of 58.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 45.
Monday: Mostly sunny. Highs 56-59, lows 42-45.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Highs 61-64, lows 50-53.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with showers by 9 p.m. Highs 66-69, lows 48-51.
Thursday: Showers end by 4 a.m. with mostly sunny skies. Highs 60-63, lows 47-50.