Heavy rain, damaging wind: 5 things to know about today’s weather

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:

  1. Rain arrived well before dawn. Heavier bands of rain began during the afternoon after lunchtime.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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