• First Alert September 16, 2023 11:53 pm

    Lee brings power outages and strong gusts of wind to the coast; flash flood warning in Maine

    Hurricane Lee has been downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone as it moves across New England, but it is still considered dangerous. A flash flood warning has been issued for Washington County in southeastern Maine until 1 a.m. Sunday. An earlier flash flood warning has since expired for Hancock County. Click here for active weather alerts Here’s more on Lee...

  • First Alert September 16, 2023 11:24 am

    Tracking Lee, now a post-tropical storm, as it moves past New England

    Lee is passing several hundred miles to our east, though close enough that we’ve felt impacts since last night and we remain in a First Alert this morning. The primary effects are along the immediate coast, especially for Cape Cod and the Islands. Battering surf, significant beach erosion are ongoing and today’s midday high tide cycle will feature splashover...

  • tornado September 14, 2023 12:13 am

    Heavy rain and tornado warnings in Boston area, New England

    Tornado warnings were issued Wednesday for a set of storms that worked its way from Connecticut, through Rhode Island and into southeastern Massachusetts. The National Weather Service issued the warning for a severe thunderstorm that was capable of producing a tornado near Foster, Rhode Island. It tracked east, sparking tornado warnings in Massachusetts’ Bristol, Plymouth and Norfolk counties, before the…

  • First Alert September 13, 2023 12:39 am

    Why Leominster got so much rain, and details on the potential for more flooding

    Monday was beyond awful for Leominster, Gardner and Pepperell, as central Massachusetts experienced catastrophic flash flooding. The glossary of meteorology from the American Meteorological Society defines flash flooding as moderate to intense rainfall over highly saturated or impervious land surfaces, and generally occurring within minutes to several hours of the rainfall event. This flooding was enough to close major thoroughfares,…

  • First Alert August 29, 2023 5:06 pm

    High surf, rip currents and possible thunderstorms on the way

    With all eyes on the tropics and particularly Hurricane Idalia barreling toward Florida, it’s easy to lose sight of the weather here at home – but our First Alert Team has issued a First Alert for Wednesday, and we’re ready for dangerous rip currents at some New England beaches in the days ahead. The first impactful weather player is...

  • forecast July 25, 2023 12:00 am

    FIRST ALERT: A few storms as humidity rises, with big heat on the horizon

    Flash flood warnings and severe thunderstorm warnings were in effect in Maine and Vermont Monday afternoon and evening, but have since expired. Click here to see more severe weather alerts. It’s not saying much given the way this summer has gone, but this week certainly should end up the hottest of the season thus far with a potential heat...

  • forecast July 13, 2023 11:27 am

    FIRST ALERT: Thunderstorms, flooding rain threaten New England — beginning in Vermont

    Thursday is our driest day for a while and an unsettled weather pattern takes hold again overnight through early next week.  A couple isolated showers will be around Thursday, but most locations avoid the rain during daylight in Massachusetts. Daily thunderstorm chances will lead to some flooding concerns and periodic damaging wind gusts with any stronger storms. The humidity is...

  • First Alert January 30, 2023 11:54 pm

    ‘Feels Like' Temps of 34 Below? Get Ready for Bone-Chilling Cold This Weekend

    All eyes on the brief bitter cold this weekend. Until then, light winds and temperatures well into the 40s put most New England communities about 10 degrees warmer than normal Monday afternoon with moderate air quality as some pollution hangs in the air, owing to the light wind. We are hitting a couple of noteworthy milestones on Monday: the immune…

  • First Alert January 26, 2023 10:17 am

    Downpours Slow Morning Travel Amid Gusty Coastal Wind

    It’s a mild and rainy start to Thursday, with temperatures starting the day around 50 degrees. Damaging winds are possible early for the Cape and Islands. Colder air works in during the afternoon and skies slowly clear. Thursday night is colder and breezy. Temperatures will drop back through the 30s and into the 20s. Friday is mostly sunny and much…

  • First Alert January 25, 2023 11:37 am

    FIRST ALERT: Winter Storm Moving in Wednesday Afternoon

    Today: Clouds thicken, light afternoon snow, steadier evening snow to rain. Highs in the 30s. Overnight Wednesday Night: Any snow to rain, snow in the mountains. Windy coast & Cape. Temperatures rise through the 40s. Thursday: Early rain showers depart for breezy breaks of sun. Mild with highs near 50°.

  • First Alert January 25, 2023 10:57 am

    FIRST ALERT: Timing and Impacts of Wednesday's Storm, Bringing Snow, Rain and Wind

    No two storms are alike, and that will be on display Wednesday. It’s human nature for us all to worry: another storm arriving in the second half of the day — does this mean a repeat of the rapid deterioration of road conditions like we saw Monday?  The answer for most is a resounding no, for a few key reasons:...

  • First Alert January 25, 2023 4:37 am

    FIRST ALERT: Timing and Impacts of This Week's Second Winter Storm

    Today: Clouds to afternoon snow showers, evening snow, night rain. Highs in the 30s. Thursday: Windy, partly cloudy. Highs in the low 40s.

  • First Alert January 25, 2023 6:31 am

    FIRST ALERT: Here Are the Latest Snowfall Predictions for Wednesday's Winter Storm

    It’s shaping up to be another nasty evening drive (!) as a strong, compact, water-laden storm charges across New England Wednesday afternoon and night. Cold will be marginal at the onset of the storm, but with such tremendous lift in the atmosphere, we’re seeing a window of 3-4 hours of intense snow squarely landing in mid/late afternoon. It’s then...

  • snow January 24, 2023 11:43 pm

    Another Winter Storm Is Coming New England's Way, Bringing Snow, Rain and Wind

    In New England’s brief, one-day breather between storms, it’s a great opportunity for residents of northern New England, in particular, to move any snow that needs to be shifted around, while temperatures rise above freezing and soften the snow before we add more to it Wednesday through Wednesday night.  The break in the action comes as Monday’s storm has...

  • First Alert January 19, 2023 11:51 pm

    FIRST ALERT: Up to a Foot of Snow in Northern New England, Smaller Totals Points South

    Our incoming storm system late Thursday into Friday is one that tests the mettle of meteorologists, with a sharp rain/snow line that makes the stakes high. Some school districts have announced closings and delays for Friday. See the list here. Our First Alert team expects a 25 to 30 mile north-south span to separate snow amounts from half a foot…

  • First Alert January 18, 2023 4:10 pm

    From 50 to Flakes: Big Weather Change Ahead as Late Week Snow Looms

    Boston hit 50 degrees on Wednesday but our mild weather is about to take a turn, with Weather Winter Advisories and a Winter Storm Watch issued for the region to end out the week. By Wednesday night, skies will be mostly clear and temperatures will drop to around 30 degrees, 20s north, setting Thursday up as a cooler day in…

  • First Alert January 17, 2023 11:49 pm

    Mild Midweek Ahead of Friday Snow. Here's What to Expect Where You Live

    New England is enjoying a break in the weather for a couple of days that delivers a return of sunshine to the region and a response from temperatures, rising to 45 to 50 degrees for afternoon highs.  But we’re already eyeing a First Alert for Friday, where another system could drop snow and rain on New England. Tuesday’s weather,...

  • First Alert January 13, 2023 4:41 am

    FIRST ALERT: Rain and Gusty Wind Friday Morning

    Today: Morning rain and gusty wind, afternoon cloudy skies with a lingering afternoon shower and breeze. Highs in the 50s. Saturday: Partly sunny, highs in the upper 30s.

  • First Alert January 12, 2023 10:48 am

    FIRST ALERT: Rain, Wind, Snow on Deck in New England

    We’re gearing up for another storm in New England, and like almost all the previous storms, mild temps will overwhelm any idea of wintry weather. That said, there was a little ocean-effect snow Wednesday night that kissed some communities with a dusting of snow. Thursday, that focus shifts west and northwest of the coast. We may find some brief...

  • First Alert January 12, 2023 12:00 am

    FIRST ALERT: Winter Storm to Bring Snow, Rain and Wind This Week

    Winter’s chill is evident across New England on Wednesday, but it is on borrowed time – set to stick around just long enough to drop snow in spots before retreating for a mild, windswept rain Friday.  Nonetheless, highs in the 30s will feel like the 20s, with a slight northeast breeze Wednesday afternoon that blows gently across the ocean,...

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