After months of generally tranquil weather, it’s time to finally welcome back the gales of November, a few days early. A storm is intensifying south of Cape Cod this morning and will be our primary feature of interest today as it tracks slowly north and eventually northwest. We’ll be on the northern edge of the system, but will nonetheless see some heavy rain and gusty winds especially in southern parts of the area.
Radar imagery shows scattered showers in progress across much of Maine this morning while steadier rain falls over southern and western NH. As the morning goes on, showers will generally become more numerous over Maine while dry air pushes west into New Hampshire as the storm approaches from the southeast. This evening, as the core of the storm backs northwest towards Nantucket, we’ll see the steady/heavy rain return first to the Maine coast then to the rest of the region.
As with any strong nor’easter, northeast winds will be picking up today with gusts reaching as high as 45-55mph along the coast by this evening. This is getting into scattered power outage territory, so if your lights usually go out during a mid-grade storm, get ready to spend some time in the dark tonight. Some minor splashover coastal flooding is also possible, but will be mitigated by astronomically low tides.
Steady northeast winds and thick clouds will keep temps in the mid to upper 40s for most of the area with some low to mid 50s south of Portland.
The storm will stall out over Nantucket tonight and tomorrow meaning another day of wind and rain especially near the coast.