Low pressure is returning heavy rainfall to the region. Showers increased in coverage this afternoon before heavier bands move through this evening. Most intense rain seems to be shifting out of the area now, but not before lightning strikes and gusty winds caused isolated power outages.
Minor river flooding is forecasted at several locations, including the Taunton River near Bridgewater, the Assabet River in Maynard and possibly the Hoosic River near Williamstown, Massachusetts.
As of 8 p.m., more than 7,100 customers of National Grid and Eversource had lost power in Massachusetts.
Expect a widespread 0.75 to 1.50 inches of precipitation, with a few locations receiving 2 inches or more when all is said and done this evening.
Heavy rains taper to shower later Thursday night as best moisture shifts offshore. Stronger winds may mix down to the surface tonight as the low pressure spins over upstate New York. Lows will be in the mid 40s south and mid 30s north.
Dreary, cool weather is on tap for Friday as storm system spins overhead. Drizzle and showers will persist throughout the day. Wet snowflakes may fall on the western slopes of higher terrain. Highs will range from the upper 40s north to low to mid 50s south.
Low pressure finally moves north of the region on Saturday, ushering drier weather into New England for the weekend. Improving skies are in the forecast for the Susan G. Komen New England Race for the Cure. The race starts at 9 a.m. at the Massachusetts Department of Conversation and Recreation’s Carson Beach in Boston. Highs will reach into the mid 50s south and low to mid 40s north.
A warm front will trek across the region on Sunday, ushering in above-normal warmth. Some showers may develop along the front as it is moving through. Otherwise, expecting sunny skies with highs crest well into the upper 50s and low 60s. A high pressure centered over the Carolinas will continue to push warmer air into next week.
On Monday, partly cloudy skies prevail with temperatures reaching well into the 60s across New England. Tuesday brings continued warmth with highs reaching into the 70s with a few locations reaching the upper 70s across interior southern New England.
Warm rain showers may move in during the day on Wednesday.
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