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Crisp Air Makes for First Snowcap in New England Mountains

Torrential rain and gusty wind swept across Southeastern Massachusetts Friday morning to midday, delivering two-to-four inches of rain with locally higher amounts and wind gusts over 40 mph near the South Coast, Cape and Islands.

Localized flooding was the result of the heavy rain and a few tree uproots have been possible in the wind, given the soft ground from the heavy rain.

Nonetheless, increasing afternoon sun indicates drier, cooler fall air arriving that will send temperatures into the 40s overnight Friday after temperatures top out in the middle 60s Friday afternoon.

A clear start Friday night ends up as a cloudy finish in advance of an approaching cold front that will spark scattered showers Saturday morning for many.

While the vast majority of New England sees rain showers moving through Saturday morning, the air will be chilly enough for snowflakes to fly in the higher terrain of Northern and Western New England. As a result, our Early Warning Weather team has issued our first snowfall accumulation map of the season.

The expectation is only for a coating at elevations of a few thousand feet, but the very highest summits of the Central and Southern Green Mountains in Vermont may actually pick up one or two inches!

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Behind the showers of summit snow and otherwise rain, drier air will send the showers sailing east Saturday afternoon. But limited sun and new, cool air will hold temperatures in the 50s.

Sunday should be a classic, brisk fall day with highs around 60. Fall temperatures – near normal for this time of the year – linger through most of the remainder of the 10-day forecast with disturbances sparking showers on Monday afternoon and night, then perhaps again Wednesday and Saturday of next week.

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