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FIRST ALERT: Heavy Downpours, High Wind Gusts to Impact Commute Thursday

Although most of Southern New England squeezes out a dry Wednesday, the Berkshires northward into far northern and western New England will see mixed showers of snow and freezing rain and just a little bit of freezing rain can make for slick roads.

As a result of the pockets of light icing, we’re encouraging extra caution on the roads of far Northern and Western New England through this evening, while elsewhere our biggest caution today is for flying chunks of ice off car and truck roofs as temperatures warm and we’re encouraging plenty of windshield washer fluid with increasing road spray from melting.

Showers fill in overnight Wednesday night with one to two inches of rain through Thursday, impacting the morning commute with a combination of big puddles and falling rain, embedded midday downpours and even a rumble of thunder, and rain tapering around the evening drive, but big puddles lingering regardless of precise end time for the rain.

All the while, winds will whip from the south, not only driving temperatures into the 50s for Central and Southern New England, but also gusting to 45 mph for many of us and as high as 60 mph on Cape Cod, with scattered power outages a possibility.

Wind will subside Thursday afternoon and rain soon will taper, ending as a few inches of snow in the mountains Thursday midday but probably just shutting down Thursday evening in Southern New England.

Drier and cooler air moves in for Friday and Saturday and – as of right now – we see a favorable setup for storminess in a time window from late Sunday to Wednesday, with a difficulty in pinpointing exact times of impact, so we’ll keep you posted as details become clearer.

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