Storm Update: Potent Wind & Rain Event Tonight

By Meteorologist Joe Joyce, WBZ-TV
A strong  storm system that has been responsible for the severe weather outbreak over the South-Central and Southeast United States will make its way into Southern New England tonight bringing with it heavy rainfall, strong to damaging winds and the potential for minor coastal flooding at the time of high tide late Saturday Evening through early Sunday Morning..

..Here is the Breakdown:

Heavy Rainfall and Flooding:
A widespread rainfall of 1-2″ with isolated higher amounts are possible across Southern New England with the heaviest rainfall likely to fall across portions of Western New England. The rain may fall heavy enough and over a short enough period of time to result in urban and poor drainage flooding but widespread river and stream flooding is not expected.

Strong to Damaging Wind Potential:
 A Wind Advisory is now in effect from Midnight through 9 AM Sunday for Eastern Hillsborough County New Hampshire, Northeast Connecticut, Central and Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island for sustained winds of 20-30 MPH with gusts up to 50 MPH with isolated higher gusts possible. These winds could cause isolated pockets of tree and wire damage overnight..  There is the potential for stronger winds to mix down to the surface in any thunderstorms as well. If more of the winds can reach the surface than currently anticipated, a stronger wind event could affect portions of this region.

Coastal Flood Potential:
A Coastal Flood Advisory is now in effect from 8 PM this evening through 10 AM Sunday for East and South Coastal Massachusetts including Cape Cod and Nantucket Island and South Coastal Rhode Island. The greatest threat for minor coastal flooding will be over South Coastal Massachusetts and Rhode Island with the early Sunday Morning high tide.  Over East Coastal Massachusetts, splashover to very minor coastal flooding is possible during the Saturday Evening high tide. As we get into early Sunday Morning, the higher potential of minor coastal flooding will be over South Coastal Massachusetts where strong southerly winds combinded with high astronomical tides will result in minor coastal flooding in the vulnerable south coastal locations across South Coastal Massachusetts and Rhode Island including Cape Cod and Nantucket Island.

The Storm front will be quickly pushing off the coast tomorrow taking the showers along with it. Look for improving conditions, increasing afternoon sunshine, breezy west winds and temps climbing back into the lwr 60’s


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