Good morning! We’ve got a garbage weather week ahead by most standards, with lots of rain and periods of gusty winds.
Expect rain throughout this morning, giving way to cloudy skies; the high will be around 50, with a northeast wind at 5-10 mph. Tonight will be cloudy and 46, with rain after midnight, and a northeast wind of 5-10 mph, as an early-season Nor’Easter begins to affect the area.
Tuesday will be cloudy and 54, and Tuesday night will be cloudy and 47. Expect largely continuous rain throughout the timespan, and a northeast wind of 10-20 mph, with gusts up to 35 mph possible. Expect somewhere between 2″ and 4″ of rain by Wednesday morning (with a slight chance we could exceed 4″); as a result, flooding issues are a strong possibility Tuesday into Wednesday. Remember to avoid flooded roadways – turn around, don’t drown! Additionally, given the strong wind gusts, some minor wind damage and scattered power outages are possible. The risk is a little higher than normal for a wind event like this, given most trees are still fully leaved; however, the highest chance for power outages and wind damage will be to our south and east, where gusts over 50 mph are likely.
The steady rain wraps up Wednesday morning, with cloudy skies in its wake. A few showers are possible Wednesday afternoon and evening as well, with a high around 53. Clouds will decrease Wednesday night, with a low around 41. Thursday is hands-down the pick of the week, with a high around 55 and mostly sunny skies. Thursday night will have increasing clouds, with a low around 39. Friday will be mostly cloudy and 53, with a chance of rain in the evening with a system that doesn’t look too intense, but will be enough to likely make the whole weekend crappy.
Hey, it could be worse. October 29th (Friday) and October 30th (Saturday) have been littered with numerous high-end New England weather events in recent history. The 1991 Perfect Storm, the 2011 Snowtober storm, Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and a wind and rain event in 2017 (that knocked power out for 80% of Dracut electric customers) all impacted our area on October 29 and/or October 30. We also saw an early-season snow event on October 30 last year that wasn’t particularly impactful, but impressive by October standards with a widespread 4″+ of snow. It appears this weekend will not be like any of those systems.
Have a great day!