By Zack Green

BOSTON (CBS) – Heavy pockets of rain drove in from south to north in overnight and we can’t seem to escape the soggy conditions for the Thursday morning commute.

Early on, the rain totals were not all that impressive with less than 0.1” by 4 a.m. Still, wet roads and some large puddles were already seen on the main highways and that trend will continue through the height of early travel. There is the potential for isolated thunderstorms so we will have to keep a close eye on that through 7-8 a.m.

Steady showers will impact southern New England through about 9 a.m. By that time, the last of the rain will be for the immediate coastal locations of Cape Ann, Cape Cod, and Nantucket. Lunchtime plans should go off without a hitch as we begin to dry out with a bit of sun breaking through. While the rain slows down, the wind continues.

A Wind Advisory remains in effect for Essex County through 9 a.m. but a dramatic shift in wind direction will bring west-southwest gusts near 50 mph for the Cape and Islands through roughly 4 p.m. This likely produces some downed limbs and has the chance to bring power outages. Good news is our temperatures will be unseasonably warm (near 50 degrees) so losing heat for a bit won’t be as bad typical February standards.

Cold drains in with blustery conditions overnight. The breeze holds on through Friday morning bringing wind chill values down to the teens. Plenty of sun to go around Friday so that coupled with the wind will dry up anything left over from Thursday’s rain. Reality settles in for the Leap Year weekend. The final days of February are stuck in the 30s.

Zack Green

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