Here’s what local meteorologists are saying about the upcoming coastal storm

The heaviest rain is expected between midnight and 6 a.m. early Friday morning.

Rindge, NH, 02/24/2019 -- Olivia Sodhi and her dad, Karan, of Boston walk together through the rain underneath umbrellas as they make their way through the Public Garden. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)

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A coastal storm could bring over an inch of rain to Boston and a “dusting” of snow, but the winds following behind the storm are more of a cause for concern, according to the National Weather Service.

The storm, moving into New England from the Mid-Atlantic coast, is projected to bring rain Thursday night, starting around 7 p.m. in Boston or afterward, with the heaviest rain dropping between midnight and 6 a.m., according to Kim Buttrick, a meteorologist with the service. Rainfall could measure between 1/2 and 1 1/2 inches.

“Now as the storm heads farther northeast toward Maine, on the backside of the storm we could have some scattered snow showers,” she said. “This would be Friday night.”


The snow would simply be a “trace” or a “dusting,” Buttrick added.

The wind is forecasted to start Friday afternoon and continue on into the evening and Saturday.

“We’re going to have blustery west, northwest winds,” Buttrick said.

Sustained winds are projected to be 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. “The winds will start picking up Friday afternoon and then really come in, whip across the region during the day Saturday,” she said.

The storm may bring some coastal flooding.

“There could be minor impacts during the high-tide cycle Friday afternoon, midday like noon to 2 p.m., and by minor we’re looking at, it could have impacts to Morrissey Boulevard,” Buttrick said. “There could be some splash over, the road could be closed for a period of time due to splash over.”

The potential flooding is due to a mix of the full moon creating astronomical high tides plus “the seas building because of the strong winds,” according to Buttrick.

Eric Fisher, a meteorologist with WBZ, said Thursday is a “pretty decent day” before the rain starts.

Meteorologist David Epstein said Friday will have a “wet start.”

“At least March snow melts quickly!” said meteorologist Shiri Spear with Boston 25 News.



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