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Nor'easter to Bring 40-60 MPH Winds, Cause Power Outages

There is also a slight chance for a quick spin-up over southern New England as the system intensifies

What to Know

  • This system brings heavy rain and strong winds, especially overnight, when gusts could surpass 60 mph along the coast
  • Make sure to secure outdoor lightweight objects, Halloween decorations and trash bins
  • Stay alert, as there is a slight chance for a quick spin-up over southern New England as the system intensifies

Clear skies Wednesday morning allowed temperatures to drop into the 30s in many locations, but by this afternoon, highs rebound into the 60s.

Our weather will drastically change over the next 12 hours, hence the First Alert for most of New England. Clouds will increase Wednesday afternoon as conditions begin to worsen from west to east. The evening commute in the Greater Boston area won’t be impacted, but for those living in Connecticut and western Massachusetts, showers will affect your drive home.

This system brings heavy rain and strong winds, especially overnight, when gusts could surpass 60 mph along the coast. Elsewhere, gusts will range between 40 to 50 mph, which could lead to scattered power outages, so prepare by charging your phone and having a backup alarm. Make sure to secure outdoor lightweight objects, decorations and trash bins.

With leaves still on trees, they will fall and clog the drains, so street flooding/ponding is also possible. Torrential rain and an isolated thunderstorm will make it difficult for those working the second shift because you will get soaked on your way in, with 2 to 3 inches of widespread rain and up to 4 inches possible over Worcester Hills. There is also a slight chance for a quick spin-up over southern New England as the system intensifies. The heaviest rain falls overnight with conditions improving over Southern New England Thursday morning.

Fall Nor'easter: Hour-By-Hour Timeline

The issue Thursday morning over southern New England will be wet leaves on the roads - creating slick spots and dangerous conditions for the commute. Much of Northern New England will be dealing with rain and wind until Thursday evening.

As the storm pulls away, the wind will shift to the northwest and it brings in cold Canadian air, so rain showers will mix in with snow over the mountains of Vermont and the Berkshires with accumulations close to 3 inches in some spots.

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This nor’easter is a quick-mover, so by Friday, sunshine returns though it stays cool and breezy with highs around 60, and the weekend looks phenomenal with plentiful sunshine, less wind and temperatures in the 60s. Fantastic weather for the Head of the Charles Regatta or any of your outdoor plans!

Our exclusive 10-day forecast indicates the chance for more rain next week and the return of warm air.

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