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Dry Start to Saturday Before Nor'easter Moves In

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    Saturday: Clouds increase, afternoon showers. Highs in the 50s to near 60.
    Saturday Night: Heavy rain, turning windy. Lows in the 40s and 50s.
    Sunday: Heavy rain early, afternoon showers. Windy. Highs in the 40s and 50s.

    (Published Saturday, May 13, 2017)

    Most of New England starts off dry and cloudy as the leading edge of rain reaches into southwestern New England, including Connecticut and western Massachusetts by late morning. The rain continues through Saturday afternoon, spreading north and east into Worcester and Rhode Island by 5 PM, and filling in the rest of the area through the evening and overnight. The heaviest of the rainfall occurs Saturday night into Sunday morning along the southern coastline and southeastern Massachusetts.

    As the coastal storm also being deemed a nor’easter as it paves it’s way along the coastline, it will not only bring heavy rainfall, we will also deal with the gusty winds out of the northeast, with some gusts in excess of 40 – 50 mph, especially for our coastal communities.

    As the track of the system slides up into the Gulf of Maine, we’ll be on the backside of the storm and the heavy downpours will become lighter by Sunday evening for southern New England. Western New England could see some breaks in the showers by dinner time on Mother’s Day as the system pulls off the coast. Northern New England will likely still be dealing with heavy downpours especially along Downeast Maine. Lingering scattered showers extend into Sunday night into Monday morning before we dry out for the second half of Monday. It’s likely we will see between 1-2” (higher amounts in localized areas possible) of rainfall through Monday morning with a chance for some rain to change over to snow into the higher elevations of New Hampshire and northern Vermont.

    All and all, for this Mother’s Day weekend, dry start today with highs in the low to mid 50s before the rain moves in by Saturday afternoon and evening, starting in southwestern New England and spreading northeast. Mother’s Day Sunday is cool, dreary and windy with windswept rain and highs near 50.

    However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. This nor’easter that lands on Mother’s Day weekend will break up the unseasonably cool pattern we’ve been dealing with over the last week, and will allow warmer air to move in with 70s as early as Tuesday and near 80 as early as Thursday.