Strong winds, heavy rain may rock Mass. tonight

Strong, possibly damaging winds, and heavy rain may rock Massachusetts tonight, the National Weather Service says.

In the storm, which should start right about sunset, winds will gust up to 55 miles per hour on the Cape and islands and up to 50 in other coastal areas, including Boston, the forecasters said. Forecasters issued high wind warnings and wind advisories covering the period from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Forecasters said that isolated thunderstorms were also possible from the “very dynamic” low pressure system moving through the area, but there was “a very low probability” that they would arise.


Expect up to an inch of rain along with the wind, said Bill Simpson, a weather service meteorologist. The storm should last through the night and taper off around sunrise Wednesday.

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Today will be the calm before the storm, sunny and mild, with temperatures rising to around 50 degrees.

That’s significantly above the normal temperature for this time of the year, in the upper 30s, Simpson said. Weeks of mild temperatures are on track to make this December one of the top ten warmest on record.

After residual clouds clear on Wednesday, the day should be mostly sunny, with temperatures in the mid-40s. On Thursday, the sunny streak will continue, though temperatures will fall to near normal.

Though it’s unclear how the weather pattern will develop, there’s a chance of showers from Friday all through the New Year’s weekend, Simpson said.

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