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First Nor’easter of Season to Bring Heavy Rain, Wind

The worst of the storm is expected to impact the region early Saturday

What to Know

  • Rain should begin in most communities by 9 a.m. Saturday morning. The rain will pick up in intensity by late morning or early afternoon.
  • Winds begin to crank by Saturday morning. Like the rain, the strongest winds will blow between late morning into the early evening.
  • Coastal flooding is also a concern. We’re near astronomically high tide and this Nor’easter should produce a 1- to 2-foot storm surge.

Friday will be mainly sunny, but quite cool. Highs will reach the upper 40s and low 50s while clouds will increase Friday night.

If you have outdoor plans this weekend, now is the time to revisit those plans and come up with some inside alternatives. Our first Nor’easter of the season is forecast to move in early Saturday morning.

Saturday morning, rain should begin in most communities by 9 a.m. The rain will pick up in intensity by late morning or early afternoon. Rainfall rates will taper off Saturday night. Sunday won’t be the brightest day, but it won’t be a washout – showers will continue throughout the day.

Winds begin to crank by Saturday morning. Like the rain, the strongest winds will blow between late morning into the early evening. It will stay breezy through Sunday.

Coastal flooding is also a concern. We’re near astronomically high tide and this Nor’easter should produce a 1- to 2-foot storm surge. The highest tides will be early afternoon Saturday.

As far as rainfall, a widespread 1-to-2-inches is expected with isolated amounts of 4 inches.

Winds may gust to 60 mph along the coast with 40 to 50 mph gusts for the interior. With leaves on the trees, isolated to scattered wind damage is possible.

Coast flooding impacts will primarily be minor, but there could be pockets of moderate flooding in the more vulnerable communities.

For mariners, expect dangerous sea conditions with 10-to-20-feet seas and 60 to 70 mph winds on the open water.

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