After temperatures plummeted overnight, forecasters are warning of slick roads and windy conditions in much of Massachusetts during the Tuesday morning commute.
Forecasters with the National Weather Service said they expected temperatures in most of Massachusetts to remain at or below freezing Tuesday morning after wind chills fell into the single digits overnight. They suggested people dress warmly and drive carefully.
“Expect windy and much colder conditions tonight and Tuesday with bitter wind chill values,” forecasters said.
A wind advisory is in effect along the Massachusetts coast until 1 p.m., and winds could gust up to 45 miles per hour, the weather service said.
“Strongest wind gusts will be this morning, with a gradual decline after noon,” forecasters said.
The weather service’s Skywarn program tweeted that gusts of up to 46 miles per hour were observed in Rockport at 5:21 a.m. and gusts of 43 miles per hour were recorded in Beverly at 7:15 a.m.
The high winds contributed to scattered power outages across the state on Tuesday morning (at 8:17 a.m., there were 4,184 customers without power), according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. By 10 a.m., that number had fallen to 2,520.
In Weston, strong gusts of wind knocked down several trees, including one large tree on Highland Street near Route 20. The tree damaged some power lines on its way down, causing dozens of residents to lose power. A segment of the street was shut down as crews cleaned up and repaired the cables, according to Weston Deputy Fire Chief Justin Woodside.
About 100 customers were still without power as of 10:10 a.m., according to MEMA.
At 6 a.m. it was 26 degrees in Boston, with a wind chill of 9 degrees. Forecasters said Tuesday should be sunny and cold, with highs in the Boston area only reaching around 30 during the day.
Tuesday night should be mostly clear, with lows around 20, and winds gusting up to 35 miles per hour, forecaster said.
Wednesday will be sunny, with highs in the upper 30s, and temperatures holding steady in the lower 30s at night, forecasters said.
Temperatures will become milder as the week comes to an end, and rain is in the forecast for the Boston area.
“Strong low pressure will pass west of the region Thursday night into early next weekend, bringing rain that will fall heavily at times especially during Friday,” forecasters said.
Thursday will be sunny, with highs in the mid 40s, followed by rain and patchy fog at night, with lows in the upper 30s.
Rain is also in the forecast for Friday, along with milder temperatures that could reach the 50s in the Boston area (and no, that’s not a typo — hitting the 50s will feel almost balmy compared to the bitter cold we’ve endured lately).
Expect more rain on Friday night, with temperatures holding steady around 50, and Saturday is should be mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain and highs in the lower 50s in Boston.
Chilly weather returns Saturday night, which will be mostly cloudy and much cooler, with lows dipping to the lower 30s, and Sunday should be sunny, with highs in the lower 40s.
Gusty NW winds are bringing colder air to the region. Temperatures will go up this morning... a little... but we expect most areas to stay at or below freezing. Bundle up. And drive carefully. Wet roads and cold air can lead to slippery conditions. pic.twitter.com/naGzvcgHFt— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) December 18, 2018