Today will feature the passage of a strong cold front which means a morning of heavy rain/gusty winds and an afternoon of sunshine/pleasant weather. Rain is ongoing across the region this morning, with the heaviest falling over the mountains and western NH while much lighter rain falls closer to the coastline. That’s pretty much the trend to expect until 8-9 AM when the front itself arrives and brings a round of downpours for everyone. Ahead of and along the front, wind gusts could top 50 mph so scattered power outages are possible. As per CMP, about 7800 folks are without power as of 6:15 AM. That number will continue to increase until winds die down and rain moves out late morning.
Weather conditions will rapidly improve this afternoon as west-southwesterly breezes bring dry air into the region. Expect sunshine to develop quickly around/after noon as dew points slide quickly into the 40s and low 50s. The airmass moving into the region will be a bit cooler, but the cooling effect of the incoming airmass will be roughly offset by the warming effect of the sun so temps will stay steady in the upper 60s to low 70s especially across the coastal plain. Cooler air will work into the mountains more quickly and since upslope clouds will limit the amount of solar heating possible there, temps will be a bit cooler in the mid/upper 50s.
More cool and dry weather is expected tomorrow before our next shot at rain arrives Friday.