What meteorologists are saying about potentially damaging winds


Widespread power outages are possible.

Forecasters are calling for heavy wind and rain across Massachusetts on Thursday. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Those in eastern and southeastern Massachusetts should prepare for power outages Thursday night and Friday morning, as damaging winds are predicted overnight.

What was a High Wind Watch from the National Weather Service (NWS) is now a High Wind Warning for those areas beginning 11 p.m. Thursday until 9 a.m. Friday, and widespread power outages are expected.

The NWS predicts southwest winds between 25 and 35 mph, with gusts up to 60 mph in most of southeastern Massachusetts and up to 65 on the South Coast and on the Cape and Islands. The worst winds are expected to gust between 3 a.m. and 8 a.m.

The NWS advises avoiding being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches during the storm. If possible, remain in the lower levels of your home and avoid windows. If you have to drive, use caution.

The chance of rain Thursday night has gone down to 80%, and showers aren’t expected until after midnight. Only a quarter to a half inch of rain is expected. The rain could continue until 8 a.m. Friday.

Temperatures on Friday are expected to reach a high of 61 degrees at 5 a.m. before dropping during the day, which should be cloudy and breezy, and reaching 34 degrees by 5 p.m.

There is a small chance of snow Saturday afternoon, evening, and overnight, ranging from 20% to 40% during that time. Sunday will be sunny but in the 30s.

Here’s what local meteorologists are saying about the storm:

National Weather Service:

Pamela Gardner, NBC10 Boston:

Pete Bouchard, NBC10 Boston:

Eric Fisher, WBZ:

Jeremy Reiner, 7 News:

Daily Local Weather Forecast

  • Today
    February 17

    Mostly cloudy

  • Fri
    February 18

    Partly sunny with showers

    Partly sunny with showers


  • Sat
    February 19

    Partly sunny with flurries

    Partly sunny with flurries


  • Sun
    February 20

    Mostly sunny

  • Mon
    February 21

    Partly sunny

  • Tue
    February 22


  • Wed
    February 23

    Intermittent clouds

    Intermittent clouds


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