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Apr 7, 2016 12:40 AM

NH1 Weather Insider with Joe Joyce: Tracking Heavy Rain

NH1 Chief Meteorologist

If you are looking for mild temperatures you will finally get them Thursday as highs will be climbing into the 50's. Unfortunately, it will be coming with some rain. Thursday will start off a bit damp with areas of light rain and drizzle, but that won't last long. An area of low pressure will be tracking North and west of New England. A trough in place across the Northeast will direct a moist, mild flow up the east coast. Rain will be filling in during the morning with a steady to even heavy rain developing for the afternoon hours. Downpours along with embedded thunderstorms will push through during the later afternoon and early evening along with a cold front. The storms will be accompanied with some gusty winds as they push through out of SE. A High Wind Watch is in effect from this afternoon through tonight for winds gusting up to 40-50 mph late today. Any gusts that strong will have the potential for scattered tree damage and the possibility of scattered outages. The evening commute will be delayed in these downpours with big puddles, and some poor drainage flooding with a widespread 1-2" of rain falling in a short time period. Rain will be tapering off to shower later Thursday night. A Coastal Flood Watch is also in effect for the High tide around midnight tonight. Effect will be felt from 9 PM-2 AM. Seas will build to 10-15 feet off the coast, Persistent onshore winds from SE will pile the water towards the coast. High astronomical tides will create a 1-2 foot surge above the regular tide height. Typical flood prone areas can expect some minor flooding this time around.

A cold front will push off the coast with a mild west wind following in behind. A low will still be tracking over New England Friday which will help to keep the clouds around along with the risk of a scattered shower or two, Highs will be in the 40's and Lwr 50's. A deep upper level trough will be in place across the Northeast this weekend. This will bring in another round of cold winter-like air for April. The good news is there should be plenty of sunshine to enjoy. We will have to watch a storm developing south of New England. It looks like it will stay far enough away to spare New Hampshire, but it is trending closer to the coast. We'll have to watch it. It could bring in a few snow showers Saturday night. I will have more on the weekend and beyond later today! See you on NH1 news!


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