Friday’s winds will gust up to 30 mph across New England as our recent damaging storm pulls away, taking morning North Country showers of rain and snow with it, as a large dome of high pressure – fair weather – builds in to take its place.
A fair-weather cell for the weekend means excellent weather Saturday and Sunday, but before we get there, folks without power or heat owing to our recent wind storm damage will have a chilly night Friday.
There will be a clear sky and light wind that will allow temperatures to drop into the 30s for most of New England, with frost expected in valleys away from the immediate shoreline.
Not only will this mean a first frost of the season for some of Connecticut, Rhode Island and Southeast Massachusetts – either bring in plants or cover them up – but also a cold night in houses without power and heat from the big blast of wind we’re still recovering from.
Temperatures will recover to around 60 degrees by Saturday afternoon with the help of ample sunshine. Rowers at the Head of the Charles will enjoy great racing conditions with a light wind after a bit of a breeze from the northwest that may gust up to 15 mph early subsides.
Sunday also brings a light wind with sunshine to start, then clouds increase during the afternoon on the northern periphery of likely Tropical Storm Nestor, which is moving from the Gulf of Mexico to off the North Carolina coastline from Saturday to Sunday. It’s expected to drop half a foot of rain on drought-parched areas of the Southeast U.S.
Nestor will slow over the waters south of New England Monday, and with an approaching storm and attendant cold front from the west. This raises the question of how the two interact: it’s possible Nestor is bumped out to sea, but also not impossible the storm is drawn closer to New England.
We’ll figure those important details out in the coming days, but either way, rain is likely Tuesday before another chance of showers next Saturday in our exclusive First Alert 10-Day Forecast.