• Friday to bring rain, high winds


    Well, the end is near. The final hours are upon us. Are you ready?

    For WINTER????

    Thursday is the last full day of fall as the winter solstice is at 6:12 AM tomorrow.

    What did you think I was talking about? The Mayan Calendar? That too comes to an end on Friday. But for what it's worth I'm still going to tell you what the weather will be like.

    There is a massive storm in the Midwest bringing heavy rain to the eastern Great Lakes down to the Florida Panhandle. There are even reports of severe weather including the threat of tornadoes.

    On the back side of this storm, blizzard conditions can be seen from the western Great Lakes into Missouri.

    This storm is causing a headache at the airports right now but promising to deliver a white Christmas to some.

    Despite the fact this storm is heading our way it will bring to our area mainly rain. Yup, more rain.

    Thursday night clouds will continue to thicken ahead of the system and the first few raindrops will fall. There may be a few areas like southwest New Hampshire, northern Worcester County and the Berkshires that could see a few wet flakes mix in to start.

    As southerly winds draw in milder air it will be all rain.

    Friday morning rain will become heavy at times as a swath of precipitation pushes through our area from west to east. Winds will also be a factor tomorrow, with gusts up to 25 to 50 mph, strongest over southeastern areas. There may be a few scattered power outages or downed limbs and branches, but winds will die down as this band of rain pushes north by the late afternoon.

    The center of this storm will be to our north through the weekend still influencing our weather. A mix of clouds and sun and even a few flurries can't be ruled out with the best chance on Saturday. The winds will be gusty at times and that will add a chill to the air making it feel like the 20s and 30s.

    How appropriate for the 1st weekend of winter!

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