For the communities throughout the metro Boston area and even northward to the Merrimack Valley and metro west the precipitation this morning has been in liquid form. A few flakes were mixed in early this morning but for the most part today will be a rainy day throughout the local forecast area. Nevertheless, a rainy morning still impacts the morning rush to work and school and this morning was no exception. Moderate to heavy rain at times, puddles and still some clogged drains from the leftover snow banks has created a lot of ponding of the roads this morning which in turn helped to slow the morning commute. The precipitation will taper off this afternoon and evening and become more showery in nature. Rain showers may mix with snow showers overnight, especially well inland.
Low pressure will push into the general vicinity of New York City and meander through southern New England over the next forty eight hours or so. As a result we can expect mostly cloudy skies through Friday, with periods of rain and snow showers. The better chance for the snow showers will be through the far interior and at night. Some minor accumulations could be realized Thursday night, possibly an inch or two through the interior.
Expect a brisk east wind today with gusts to near 40 mph along the coast. The wind diminishes tonight but still gusty up to 25 mph at times. By Thursday winds shift to southeast and south, diminishing to 10 mph or less.
The National Weather Service has a Coastal Flood Advisory in effect from 11 am to 2 pm today. Minor coastal flooding and splash over is expected to occur around the midday high tide along the east facing coast.
Rainfall amounts through today should range from three quarters of an inch upwards to near 1.5 inches for some locations.
Temperatures are expected to be close to 40 degrees today, around 35 tonight and near 45 Thursday. With slightly cooler air starting to overspread the area Thursday night we can expect temperatures to fall to near 30 inland. Slightly cooler Friday as highs range from 36 to 40.