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One more batch of showers, winds increase overnight

Posted by David Epstein  November 27, 2013 06:20 PM

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While the bulk of the rain is over, we still have another batch to come up and over the area. This last round of rain will give another 1/10th to half an inch at most. Temperatures will stay in the upper 40s and lower 50s the next couple of hours, but fall below freezing by morning. Since winds will increase and become quite gusty out of the northwest, I expect the roads to mostly dry before the freeze. This doesn't mean there won't be any black ice, but I don't expect major issues. The image below is a forecast for the radar around 8PM this evening. That is when the last of the rain will exit the area. rain at 8.jpg
I'll be updating the forecast for Turkey day and the weekend on Twitter at @growingwisdom Please follow me there. Feel free to comment or ask questions too.


Here in New England, most of the precipitation was rain, but there still will be some snow on the western edge. As the storm ends tonight night and colder air rushes back into the area a few inches of snow could fall across the mountains of northern New England. In southern New England there may be a few flurries before the precipitation comes to an end. The Berkshires could see a coating to an inch.

Wind
Winds are going to increase again overnight after the lull in the action. Earlier today there were gusts over 60 miles per hour atop Blue Hills and in Marstons Mills.
Rainfall was quite heavy and at times, and caused urban street and poor drainage flooding. Roads will improve overnight.

This storm came into the west coast of the country last week and has been moving eastward since. It will finally exit the country and push through eastern Canada over the weekend. While it is certainly a large and intense storm, it's not particularly remarkable as storms go, it's really the timing that is making it quite newsworthy.

Rain
Generally 1 to 3 inches of rain will have fallen by this evening, with a few spots perhaps beating that amount by a bit. We needed the rain badly and I got about 2 inches at my house. This helped saturate the ground and gave the soil the moisture it was lacking. This will also help get many of my plants safely through the winter.

Travel
Below are three maps that show what the weather is going to be like in other areas the next couple of days. It's really from the mid-Atlantic states northward that will have the travel issues today. The rest of the country is storm free. Washington, Philly, New York and Boston will have some air travel issues from strong winds and heavy rain. This could extend in the outer banks of North Carolina as well.Precip.jpg This map shows how much precipitation will fall from late today through Thursday evening. Notice most of the country is dry and any precipitation that falls in New England will be light and over northern areas.

Here is the surface map for Wednesday evening. You can see by then the storm is push into Canada leaving the area with strong winds and cold.
Wednesday weather.jpg

Thanksgiving
It's going to be cool, even in Florida for Thanksgiving with highs only in the 60s to lower 70s. The map below shows mainly dry weather enveloping the Country. Late in the weekend there could be a few rain or snow showers in the Ohio Valley and parts of New England, more on that in a couple of days.
Turkey Day.jpg
Football games
Here in New England it will be dry and very windy for the high school games Thanksgiving morning. You will need to bundle up as wind chills will fall to the single digits or colder at times. There won't be any snow and the sun will be quite bright.
The cold dry weather continues Friday and Saturday with high temperatures more like Christmas than Turkey Day.

Around the House This Week
I know some of you are already thinking about Christmas trees. Did you ever consider there are great trees you can add to the landscape that make great Christmas trees? Even if you don't decorate the tree, it will still be a wonderful addition in the landscape.


I'll be updating the forecast for the week on Twitter at @growingwisdom Please follow me there. Feel free to comment or ask questions too.

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David Epstein has been a professional meteorologist and horticulturalist for three decades. David spent 16 years at WCVB in Boston and currently freelances for WGME in Portland, ME. In 2006, More »
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