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Forecast: The Cold November Rain Is Here

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The windy, soaking rain you woke up to this morning will definitely slow down your commute. Temperatures will rebound toward 50 this afternoon, but it's not going to actually feel very warm, due to the rain. The rain should taper off by mid-afternoon.

The highest winds will be over Cape Cod and the Islands and there could be some scattered tree damage and subsequent power outages. I'm expecting anywhere from three quarters of an inch to an inch and a half of rain. This amount of rain will not cause any major flooding issues, but will definitely mean that some street flooding is possible temporarily.

Rain heavy at times this morning ends by evening. (Courtesy NOAA)
Rain heavy at times this morning ends by evening. (Courtesy NOAA)

As this system departs this evening, colder air will rush in and the next couple of days will feel like winter. Temperatures Wednesday and Thursday will stay in the 30s — this is typical for the Christmas season, not a week before Thanksgiving.

As if the cold and the rain isn't enough, now we have another storm system for Friday. Because this will be encountering the cold air, precipitation will begin as a mixed bag Thursday night and into early Friday morning. The exact track of this low-pressure area is going to determine how much wintry precipitation we see and whether or not there's any accumulation. It's unlikely that the immediate Boston area sees much in the way of accumulation, but it's likely that areas north and west of I-495 could see the ground turn white for several hours. Drier weather returns for the weekend but I don't see any really mild weather on the horizon.

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Tuesday: Rain, heavy at times then tapering off between noon and 3 p.m and remaining cloudy.

Tuesday Night: Clearing and cold. Lows 25-32.

Wednesday: Sunshine and a few clouds. Very cold for November. Highs in the mid-30s

Thursday: Sunshine and cold. Highs 35-40.

Friday: Early snow changing to rain. Highs by the end of the day 45-50 south, 40-45 north.

The Weekend: Dry and chilly..

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

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