More rain, strong winds, promise wet Friday commute

Waves crashed against the Ocean Street sea wall in the Brant Rock neighborhood of Marshfield on Thursday.
Waves crashed against the Ocean Street sea wall in the Brant Rock neighborhood of Marshfield on Thursday.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

Friday morning’s commute is expected to be a wet one, especially for areas south of the Massachusetts Turnpike, with some rain throughout the day in the region, forecasters said.

Light rain will mark the early part of the commute, with rainfall possibly becoming heavier as the morning progresses, said Eleanor Vallier-Talbot, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Norton.

There may be patchy fog in some coastal areas. The metro area could see a quarter-inch of rain Friday morning into the afternoon, she said.

The heaviest rainfall in the state is expected on the South Coast, Cape Cod and the Islands, and some coastal parts of Plymouth County, said Vallier-Talbot.


The storm tracked farther south than originally forecast.

Cape Cod could see a tenth of an inch of rain Thursday night into Friday night, according to the service. Another belt of precipitation Friday afternoon on the Cape could see rainfall totals there approach a half-inch, forecasters said.

A high wind warning is in effect until 6 a.m. Friday for Cape Cod and the Islands, as well as Block Island in Rhode Island, with gusts up to 60 miles per hour expected. On Thursday morning, gusts of 35 to 45 miles per hour were reported, with sustained winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour.

By 7:45 a.m., according to the weather service, there were reports of trees down in Taunton, Falmouth, Edgartown, and in Middletown, R.I., as well as trees that took down power lines in Essex, Wenham, and Vineyard Haven. Wires were also down in Walpole.

Strong winds and rough seas forced the Steamship Authority to cancel ferry service to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard on Thursday. “The effects of the storm may also cause significant disruption on both routes on Friday,” the authority wrote on its website.


Winds will be especially high along the coastline of Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod, and the Islands, where “strong to damaging winds” were expected into Thursday evening, the weather service said.

After the storm ends, the weather outlook for the holiday weekend is more promising.

Moderate temperatures will continue into the weekend, with highs and lows expected to remain in the 50s until Sunday, when the sun will come out and the day will warm up into the high 60s, according to the weather service.

The weekend weather is expected to remain dry through the holiday Monday. Showers could return Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.

Danny McDonald can be reached at daniel.mcdonald@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @danny_mcdonald. Jeremy C. Fox can be reached atjeremy.fox@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jeremycfox.