Thursday’s system is packing heavy rain and damaging wind. Across the area downed trees have been reported as well as weather-related traffic issues.
The strong winds are also causing travel delays at Logan Airport.
Here are five things to help you plan:
- Rain arrived well before dawn. Heavier bands of rain began during the afternoon after lunchtime.
- As much as 1.5-2.5 inches of rain will fall, leading to localized flooding. The heavy rain will combine with melting snow and ice to make for large puddles, especially around ice-covered storm drains. Flood watches have been posted for much of the state.
- Strong winds will occur throughout the day, gusting to near 50-65 mph at their peak across southeastern Massachusetts. Much of eastern and central Massachusetts will feel wind gusts of 40-50 mph. The strongest winds should occur between noon and 4 p.m. A high wind warning was posted for southeastern Massachusetts on Thursday. Wind advisories covered much of the rest of eastern Massachusetts.
- Temperatures will rise prior to daybreak on Thursday. You can expect readings in the mid-40s at the bus stop or when heading off to work Thursday morning. High temperatures will climb to the mid-50s in the afternoon. This will help to melt some of the snow and ice but will also worsen the potential for localized flooding.
- The rain should end just after the evening commute on Thursday. The drive home should take a little longer than usual because of the rain and strong winds.