Some 1200 customers were without power early Wednesday, the result of powerful winds that reached 62 miles per hour in the Blue Hills while knocking down trees and power lines across Eastern Massachusetts.
The Blue Hills Observatory recorded 62 mile-an-hour gusts shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday, 55 miles an hour in Fall River just before midnight and 47 miles an hour in Fairhaven around 1 a.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.
A tree was knocked into a house on Brentwood Avenue in Newton while Duxbury firefighters reported battling a tree fire started by sparks from fallen power lines.
No injuries were reported.
Power outages were scattered across Plymouth, Norfolk, Suffolk, and Bristol counties around 6:20 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.
The rains that accompanied the winds is winding down and the warm temperatures — it reached the 50s overnight in some communities — will start to fade away, too, the weather service said. High temperatures will only be in the 40s, forecasters wrote.
“Rain will come to an end by mid morning as a cold front brings a return to much cooler temperatures later this morning and afternoon,’’ forecasters wrote. “Dry and seasonable chilly weather will continue Thursday into part of Friday.”
Those seasonable conditions on Friday may include “minor snow accumulations” east of the Berkshire County, forecasters wrote.
“At this time, odds favor a glancing blow with the potential for minor snow accumulations Friday night into Saturday with the greatest risk for that across Rhode Island and Southeast Massachusetts,’’ forecasters wrote in a hazardous weather advisory. “It is also possible that the system passes too far east of the region to bring any precipitation to the region at all.”
And yet, since it is New England, forecasters caution: The weather system could change, generating accumulating snow in spots across the state — or change into a warmer system, bringing only rain.John R. Ellement can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.