It certainly doesn’t feel like January playoff weather in New England today! In fact, it will feel more like April with high temperatures in the 50s this afternoon. Drenching rain and strong wind will accompany the warmth as a strong cold front swings through this evening. Here’s how it all breaks down…
Icy spots for some this AM: A warm front is lifting through southern New England right now…so some communities are still hovering right around 32 north of Boston in through southern New Hampshire. A trace of freezing rain came down last night and early this morning creating lots of slick spots out there. Use caution & go slow – untreated surfaces will be slippery!
Timing & Totals: Scattered showers and downpours will continue to fill in this afternoon with the heaviest rain anticipated from 4-9 PM. Don’t be surprised if you hear a rumble of thunder in there too! The rain will taper in intensity and coverage around midnight with just a few leftover showers tonight. By the morning, skies will have cleared & the sun will be out. Rainfall totals will generally be between 1”-1.5”, but locally higher amounts up to 2” are likely. If you’re traveling, leave extra time to get to your destination, go slow, be mindful of ponding of water on the roads and localized street flooding. A flood watch is posted for parts of the region.
Wind: The strongest wind will coincide with the heaviest rain. Expect the southerly wind to ramp up this afternoon, gusting at times to 50 mph this evening. Pockets of wind damage may occur in eastern MA with some isolated outages. It will still be windy tomorrow; westerly gusts to 40 mph will make it feel like the 30s during the warmest time of the day.
A quick moving disturbance on Tuesday will bring another round of rain…although a slight shift in track could mean a mix with snow across the far interior, so we’ll watch it closely. Either way, more seasonable air moves back in for the middle and end of the week.