Hurricane Nate made landfall near the Mississippi River as a Category 1 storm just before 9 p.m. Saturday, several hours earlier than expected, forecasters said.
But Massachusetts still won’t feel the impact of the fast-moving storm until Monday, according to the National Weather Service in Taunton.
The jet stream pulled the storm at a faster clip than expected. Earlier in the day, the National Hurricane Center had predicted Nate would make landfall
“It sped up a little bit,” Matt Doody, a meteorologist with the weather service’s office in Taunton, said Saturday night.
The storm is expected to drop 1/2 inch to an inch of rain on the Boston area, Doody said.
Sunday will be cloudy with a high near 75, with a chance of rain between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Before rains arrive on Sunday night around 11 p.m., the day is expected to be breezy, with winds in the of about 5 to 10 miles per hour.
Columbus Day is also expected to be cloudy, with a high near 72 degrees. The weather service predicted a chance of thunderstorms between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., then showers after 11 a.m.
Any rain during the day Sunday should be over before the Boston Red Sox take the field against the Houston Astros for Game 3 of the American League Division Series at 2:30 p.m., said weather service meteorologist Hayden Frank.
The Astros lead the series against the Sox 2-0, and a Sox win on Sunday would force a Game 4 on Monday at 1 p.m. at Fenway Park.
Frank said it was unclear whether Columbus Day rains would put a damper on a potential Game 4, if there is one.Associated Press material was included in this report. Adam Sennott can be reached at Adam.Sennott@globe.com John Hilliard can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org