Metro Boston north, covering the North Shore, Merrimack Valley and Northwest Suberbs: Includes the cities of Saugus, Beverly, Gloucester, Newburyport, Lowell, Lawrence, Concord, Bedford and Woburn.
Irene downgraded to Tropical Storm
Weather outlook: All eyes are on Tropical Storm Irene. Today the full impacts of the storm will be felt. Heavy rain, strong and potentially damaging winds, power outages, street and urban flooding, coastal flooding possible, high surf and dangerous rip currents.
Rainfall totals, beginning Saturday through tonight, expected to be from 2 to 4 inches inside of Route 128, 3 to 5 inches through the Merrimack Valley and up to 6 inches along the northwest suberbs. The closer to the track of the storm the more rainfall you will likely get. Since “Irene” is expected to track through western Connecticut and into western Massachusetts, rainfall amounts west of this forecast area might be extreme with 6 to 10 inches, or more!
Since the forecast area is on the east side of the track we can expect the highest wind potential. As of this morning the thinking here is winds today may increase to 30 to 40 mph, gusting as high as 55 mph during the height of the storm on Sunday afternoon. Winds will start to slacken Sunday evening and continue overnight.
Expect downed trees and this in turn takes down power lines. There is no doubt that some areas will experience power outages and perhaps for long durations.
Coastal flooding along north shore areas is not expected to be the major event that may occur over southern New England coastal areas. However, it needs to be considered and carefully monitored. This depends on the exact track, timing of arrival and timing of tides.
EAST NEW ENGLAND SHORELINE HIGH TIDE…AROUND 11 AM SUNDAY LOW TIDE…AROUND 6 PM SUNDAY HIGH TIDE…AROUND 12 AM MONDAY
High surf and dangerous rip currents are going to increase as the hurricane makes its approach to New England. These conditions will continue into Monday as well, even though the hurricane will have moved to our north by then.
High pressure will dominate the regions weather most of the work week. It will be a very nice week overall.
Live regional radar: http://images.intellicast.com/WxImages/RadarLoop/hfd_None_anim.gif
Regional weather conditions: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/box/products/BOSRWRBOX
Sunday Night: Cloudy and windy with occasional showers followed by slow clearing. Low temperatures 60 to 65. Southwest winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph, becoming west and slowly diminishing to 15 to 25 mph by morning.
Monday through Thursday: Fair skies and comfortable weather. Daytime highs 75 to 80. Overnight lows 55 to 60.
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