A coastal storm arrives northeast before Thanksgiving weekend travel
On the eve of the holiday week when more than 50 million Americans plan to travel, the FOX Forecast Center is monitoring the arrival of a cold front and a storm system off the East Coast that is expected to end a string of beautiful weekends in the Northeast.
According to forecast models, rain is expected to begin on Friday, and the effects of the coastal depression will be felt on Saturday.
Impacts are expected to vary by location, with New England coastal communities bracing for the worst impacts, which may include rain and gusty winds.
“You’ve got this front approaching from the west that’s kind of helping to funnel this system up the coast. We’ve had dry weekends in a row in the Northeast. It’s not going to be three by the looks of it,” the FOX Weather meteorologist said. Ian Oliver.
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Fortunately, for much of the I-95 corridor, any rounds of rain are expected to remain on the light side and be brief.
Cities like Philadelphia and New York are not expected to see rain accumulations of more than an inch, while Boston may see an inch or two, depending on how quickly tropical moisture rises north.
Precipitation could include snow showers at higher elevations in New York, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine.
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Communities closest to the core of the system face the possibility of seeing heavy rainfall.
Places like Martha’s Vinyard and Downeast Maine have the potential to see several inches of rain through the day Saturday.
“In particular, the coastal areas of Maine and Downeast and Maine … have had a really tough year. They could see some very heavy rain over the next few days with this storm,” said FOX Weather meteorologist Haley Meyer.
The National Weather Service office in Boston says it does not expect any flooding concerns from the storm system, but it will be windy at times.
Winds of at least 20 to 30 mph are expected to impact the area on Friday and continue through Saturday.
Behind the cold front, temperatures are expected to drop to values well below normal — a pattern that could continue through most of the Thanksgiving holiday week.