Thousands of Massachusetts residents are without power today and holiday travellers are facing delays as relentless winds knock down trees and heavy rain flushes through Massachusetts.
Drier and colder conditions are expected for Thanksgiving and into the weekend, but today could see more than two inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service.
“This morning will see the strongest band of showers and wind gusts,” said William Simpson, weather service meteorologist. “Then it will gradually drop off for a few hours.” Wind and rain could pick up again in the afternoon.
Temperatures will peak in the low 50s, and winds from the southeast could gust near 60 miles per hour. One-hour rainfall rates have already been reported at half an inch, according to the weather service.
“So far this morning we have seen over two inches of rain in Western Massachusetts,” Simpson said. “We should probably get around two inches today in Boston.”
Temperatures will fall into the upper 20s overnight, and some snow showers could pop up early Thursday.
The weather service has issued a flood watch and a high wind warning until this afternoon for much of the state. Wind gusts at the Blue Hills Reservation clocked in at 63 miles per hour at 7:30 a.m., and a tree fell on a roof in Southbourough early this morning, causing damage. The strong winds, so far, seem to be causing the greatest trouble for travelers through the region.
“What we are primarily facing in and around the Boston area are downed trees,” said State Police Trooper Todd Nolan. “Around the rest of the state we have seen slowed progress due to winds, rain, and pooling water. We aren’t seeing many accidents, just slowed traffic.”
Downed trees have been reported at Hammond Pond Parkway, the Riverway near Wheelock College, and the eastbound lane of Storrow Drive near Massachusetts General Hospital. Crews have been sent out to remove the limbs, Nolan said.
The Steamship Authority has suspended all ferry service to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket due to rough seas and high winds. Cape Air has also cancelled a number of flights today out of Logan International Airport, including trips to Cape Cod and the islands.
A full list of Logan delays and cancellations can be viewed here.
Thanksgiving will be mostly sunny, with temperatures cresting around 34 degrees. West winds could gust up to 45 miles per hour, making temperatures feel even colder, in the teens. Skies will remain clear overnight, and temperatures will fall into the low 20s, according to the weather service.
Friday will be mostly sunny, with temperatures reaching into the low 30s. A northwest wind will gust up to 11 miles per hour through the day, so temperatures won’t feel as frigid as on turkey day. A few clouds will develop overnight, though no rain is expected, and temperatures will cool to around 20.
The weekend will see a mixture of sun and clouds, but conditions will remain cold. Saturday will be partly sunny, with daytime temperatures in the low 30s. A few light rain showers could come to the region Sunday, and temperatures will climb into the low 40s.
“We will start getting into the mid-40s by Monday,” Simpson said. “It looks like the next chance of precipitation is late Monday or early Tuesday.”