New England is preparing for the equivalent of a moderate nor'easter from the fringe of Hurricane Jose, expected to deliver the bulk of rain and wind Tuesday and Wednesday.
As for today, the only direct impact from Jose we’re seeing in New England is building swell on our waters, with waves building 5 to 10 feet off our South Coast. Building surf will result in an increasing rip current at our south-facing beaches today, and beachgoers should be extra cautious and remember swimming parallel to the shore is the best way out of the rip current.
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The first bursts of rain on the outskirts of Jose will arrive to far Southern New England before dawn Tuesday, then rain will expand north and west across most of Southern New England except far Western Massachusetts during the first half of the day, while Northern New England remains dry.
Wind will ramp up and accompany the rain by Tuesday evening, blowing out of the northeast and gusting to 50 mph on the Cape/Islands overnight Tuesday night and up to 65 mph in a few locales Wednesday, resulting in scattered power outages. Outside of the South Shore, Cape and Islands, wind will be busy but not all that damaging. Rainfall will total 3-6 inches on the Cape/Islands and 1-3 inches Boston to the South Shore by early Thursday.
There’s some indication an onshore wind will hold stubborn clouds and a few showers Thursday, and perhaps more stubborn clouds Friday, but we’re optimistic for a brighter weekend and start to next week in the Exclusive Early Warning Weather 10-day.