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Forecast: Rain, Wind And Warmth On The Way

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The snow that fell overnight was not significant. However, southern New England will see a second weather system today that's expected to bring heavy rain, wind and possible thunderstorms.

Temperatures this morning are warm enough that ice on the roads won't be a problem in most areas. There is still some below freezing temperatures to the north, but these areas will see readings rise above freezing in the next few hours.

A steadier rain moves into the area later today with possible downpours. There will likely be a break in the rainfall after the evening commute before another round of showers and embedded thunderstorms hits the region. Through mid-morning tomorrow, the region is likely to get about 1 to 2 inches of rain.

Expected rainfall through Thursday. (Dave Epstein/WBUR)
Expected rainfall through Thursday. (Dave Epstein/WBUR)

Temperatures will be chilly this morning, but rise rapidly this evening and be in the 50s by 11 p.m.  This means the high temperature today will be recorded at 11:59 p.m. Today will be the 32nd day since Dec. 1 that temperatures reach 50 degrees.

The wet weather will create a slow morning and evening commute today, as well as a slow morning commute Thursday. Tomorrow’s early commute could be the most difficult due to heavy downpours.

The rain will end by mid-morning Thursday, and things will have a chance to dry out a bit. Winds will also be a factor from late today through Thursday morning. Some winds could gust over 40 miles per hour, meaning power outages are possible.

Once this weather system moves through, I expect a dry and seasonable weekend before more warm air returns for early next week. There is still some cold coming in early March, but it doesn’t appear to be a major outbreak.

You can follow my weather updates on Twitter at @growingwisdom.


Today: Periods of rain, raw and cool this morning, turning mild later this evening. Highs 38-45.

Tonight: Rain and becoming windy by morning. Temperatures rising to the 50s.

Thursday: Rain, windy and mild. Highs 55-60.

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 40.

Saturday: Mostly sunny and seasonable. Highs 35-40.

Sunday: Partly sunny and milder. Highs 40-45.

David Epstein Twitter Meteorologist
David Epstein is WBUR's meteorologist.

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