Good Wednesday Morning…

Brrrrrr. . A “Freeze Warning” remains in effect during the pre-dawn hours. We are expecting another sunny and cool day. Afternoon temperatures reaching the mid 50s

Meanwhile, tracking Tropical Storm Nicole located about 200 miles to the east of West Palm Beach Florida. The storm is expected to become a category 1 hurricane as it approaches the east coast of Florida late Wednesday night. early Thursday morning

The “weakened remains” of this storm will approach New England later Friday night into early Saturday morning with periods of heavy rain and some gusty winds (see details below).

Hour by Hour // A look at the next hours’ conditions »

FREEZE WARNING is in effect for southern areas shaded in purple. While all locations may see freezing temperatures near dawn, the warning is only for areas that have not seen a hard freeze so for this Autumn season. Cape Cod and Islands are expected to stay above freezing

LOW TEMPERATURES BY DAWN WEDNESDAY

TRACKING NICOLE: Rain/Wind Impacts Expected Along the US East Coast

Tropical Storm Nicole is getting better organized and is forecast to become a category 1 hurricane before making landfall on Florida’s EAST coast late Wednesday night. Winds are now at 70 mph

Currently, much of the Florida east coast is under a Tropical Storm Warning with areas from Daytona Beach through West Palm also under a Hurricane Warning.

NICOLE FORECASTED POSITION BY LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT, NEAR WEST PALM BEACH

From there, the remnants will move north, bringing the potential for a period of downpours and gusty winds to New England later Friday Night into early Saturday morning Currently, Southern New England looks like it will be on the windiest side of the storm with the heaviest of the rain to the left of the track or west of the track.

Expect south and southwest winds gusting to 40-50mph with some isolated gusts to 55-60mph Friday night and early Saturday morning. This could cause isolated to scattered power outages as many trees are still fully leafed.

While the heaviest of the rain may fall to our north and west, some downpours will bring 1 to 2″ of rain to our area, and with many storm drains clogged with leaves, some localized street flooding is possible late Friday night into dawn Saturday.

At the coast, the worst of the storm looks like it will hit at low tide (early Saturday morning). As the tide rolls back in Saturday morning, we could see some minor coastal flooding. Some minor beach erosion is possible as well.

This is a quick-moving storm. It should be gone by late Saturday morning with some clearing Saturday afternoon and evening

-Meteorologists Tony Petrarca, T.J. Del Santo and Michelle Muscatello.

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