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Forecast: Ocean Storm Brushes Area South Of Boston

Even in a winter where it's been incredibly mild overall with very little snow there can still be a sneaky little weather system that can threaten parts of the area. That's what's in store for tonight.

A big ocean storm will develop tonight, but it should stay far enough offshore so that the impacts to us will be relatively minor. There will be a lot of wind tonight, especially across Cape Cod. I expect some ferry delays, as well as some minor coastal flooding around high tide across parts of Cape Cod Bay and Nantucket Harbor.

Snow is likely across southeastern Massachusetts overnight with strong winds. (Dave Epstein/WBUR)
Snow is likely across southeastern Massachusetts overnight with strong winds. (Dave Epstein/WBUR)

Winds could gust high enough over parts of Cape Cod and the Islands to produce minor damage and subsequent power outages. Some of the strongest gusts could exceed 50 miles per hour.

In terms of precipitation, the shield will make it into southeastern Massachusetts and then into the Boston area. It will be mild at the beginning so everything should start as rain later this evening, but there will be a trend toward snow and light accumulation is in the cards.

This system will quickly exit the area and winds will diminish later Saturday with increasing amounts of sunshine. There's a trend toward milder air on Sunday, and it is downright mild to warm on Monday with readings in the low to mid-60s. This is once again more like early May — not early March.

It continues milder than average into next week. However, late in the week there could be another one of those sneaky cold weather systems.

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Friday: Morning fading sunshine. Chance of showers late in the afternoon. Highs in the 40s.

Friday night: Windy southeastern Mass. Rain and snow trending to all snow. Light accumulation south. Precipitation ends by morning.

Saturday: Becoming partly sunny. Windy early then diminishing wind. Highs 35-40.

Sunday: Partial sunshine. Highs 45-50.

Monday: Sunshine, breezy and warm with some clouds. Highs 64-69.

Tuesday: Clouds, maybe a shower. Highs 55-60.

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

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