Snow, rain, strong winds ahead for part of southern New England

A strong coastal storm will scrape southeastern Massachusetts with chilly rain and strong wind Tuesday night through Wednesday morning.

Impacts from the storm will be felt primarily over Cape Cod and the islands, and Plymouth and Bristol counties. Some fringe effects will be experienced across the remainder of eastern and central Massachusetts.

A storm will develop off the Southeast U.S. coast late Monday night and move northward, arriving with rain for the south coast of New England on Tuesday night.

“By the time you wake up (Wednesday morning), rain is in place,” StormTeam 5 meteorologist Kelly Ann Cicalese said.

As the storm lifts toward the Gulf of Maine, colder air will begin to move southward as the winds shift from the north. This could allow some snow to mix with the rain from midmorning through midday on Wednesday.

Winds will also begin to increase from the east by Wednesday morning. Wind gusts may approach 35 mph over easternmost Massachusetts.

“The worst of the winds will be felt over southeastern Massachusetts and the Cape and Islands,” Cicalese said.

Coastal flooding should not be a factor, despite strong winds. Tides will be running fairly low prior to the next new moon phase. The strongest winds will also begin to ramp up a little too late for much of an impact from Wednesday’s late-morning high tide.

The storm should lift away from southern New England by midday, bringing an end to the precipitation. Behind the storm, winds will remain quite gusty across all of Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire through the rest of the day.

Temperatures will rebound into the mid-50s Wednesday afternoon.

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