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A nor’easter continues to sprinkle light rain and send gusty winds across the state, but the swirling system most likely will not affect the commute home, meteorologists predicted.
A high surf advisory remains in effect for ocean beaches in Barnstable and Nantucket counties until 6 p.m. tonight and a wind advisory for the Cape until 11 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Taunton. The eastern half of the Bay State remains under a hazardous weather outlook until tonight over concerns of rough seas and high waves.
“[Driving] will be slow-go here and there a little bit because of visibility dropping in the drizzle,” said Mike Ekster, a meteorologist for the agency. “Some pockets of puddles and ponding of water on roads, but no real flooding to report.”
Winds in the Boston area were blowing at 30 to 35 miles per hour this afternoon and temperatures hovered in the cool 60s, Ekster said. The Cape was experiencing winds about 10 miles per hour faster, he said.
Though about an inch more rain is expected through tomorrow, the period of heavier rain is behind us, Ekster said. The gray weather should lift by Thursday morning, he said.
The system had already unloaded between a half-inch to three-quarters inch of rain by this morning, and is expected to bring with it intermittent periods of heavy and light rain dumping another inch or two of rain by Wednesday night, according to the National Weather Service.
“A nor’easter, it’s not unprecedented, we can get them during the summer,” Bob Thompson, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Taunton. “But it is somewhat an unusual pattern for this time of year.”
By Thursday morning, forecasters predict, the state will enter another stretch of dry weather, Thompson said.
Today's weather forced cancellations or diversions of several ferry trips over concerns for passenger safety and comfort. Some companies were operating on a trip-by-trip basis, monitoring the weather as the day progressed.
“It makes it uncomfortable out there,” said Philip Scudder, a spokesman for Hy-Line Cruises, which canceled all of its traditional ferries today and the first two high-speed ferry trips from Hyannis to Martha’s Vineyard. “You’re not doing the passengers on board any favors by taking them out in weather like this.”
Earlier today, the Woods Hole, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority diverted service away from its Oak Bluffs port on Martha's Vineyard and canceled one of its morning high-speed trips to Nantucket. Other companies, such as the Bay State Cruise Company, which runs a ferry between Boston and Provincetown, replaced its ferry fleet with coach buses for the rest of the day.
“One of the big advantages of the ferry is it gets you there faster than it you drove,” said Mike Glasfield, a manager for the Bay State Cruise Company. “But with this level [of storm] we are no longer faster.”
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