Weather Alert: Heavy rain, gusty winds expected for Friday afternoon

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Good evening, quiet and dry weather will continue for this evening and overnight as clouds will be on the increase. Any showers won’t arrive until well after midnight and towards daybreak.

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It stays dry and cool this evening with increasing clouds. A few showers are possible overnight with temperatures in the 40s early and then climbing into the 50s by dawn.

A strong frontal system will move across New England on Friday, bringing morning showers followed by a period of widespread rain with embedded heavier downpours and gusty winds in the afternoon. In addition, an isolated thunderstorm is possible.

Rainfall amounts of 1/2″ to 1.5″ are expected. A few spots could reach 2 inches of rain. Southeast winds 15-25 mph with gusts to 30-45 mph. It will be mild as well, with highs of 60-65.

The heaviest rain looks to be between noon and 6pm with the precipitation moving from west to east. Embedded thunder and lightning are also possible in addition to heavy rain and gusty winds.

Good news is the rain looks to exit rather quickly during the evening hours. Leftover sprinkles are possible but drier weather is expected as the night goes on.

Believe it or not, we’re also tracking a small threat for severe weather. An isolated strong storm or tornado cannot be ruled out, however the chances are on the low end. Main threats are gusty winds and heavy rain.

Here’s an idea of what we’re expecting in terms of wind gusts. It won’t be anything like the nor’easter we saw a few weeks ago but a few isolated power outages will be possible. Be sure to tie down or bring inside any loose items that are outside.

THIS WEEKEND: Turning Cooler, Showers & Gusty Winds Saturday Night

It will be mainly dry Saturday “day”. Temperatures will still be a bit mild, too, with afternoon highs in the upper 50s to low 60s. Look for a mix of clouds and sun and a gusty southwest wind during the day. Another system moves through later on Saturday with more wind and showers for Saturday evening and night, with dry skies returning for Sunday. A noticeably cooler stretch begins on Sunday.

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