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StormTeam10: This nor'easter brings (mostly) rain

Strong northeast wind gusts and a rather potent amount of rain is on tap overnight as a powerful storm moves over the open water to our south.

Quite often in late January, a storm of this size and strength would mean lots of snow for southern New England.

But not this time...this storm WILL bring SOME wet snow to central and western Massachusetts AND some sleet across parts of eastern Connecticut and northern & western RI. But for most of us this will be a rain and wind storm.

The lack of a deep cold air mass over the entire northeast and a strong tropical connection to the storm will keep our precipitation mainly rain. So our biggest concerns overnight into Tuesday morning will be for locally heavy rain, causing ponding on area roads. Local street flooding certainly will challenge drivers through Tuesday morning.

The wind gusts will be strongest near the southern coasts of RI & southeastern Massachusetts overnight...particularly from just past midnight through 6-7am Tuesday. It's possible that parts of the outer Cape and the islands COULD see 60mph gusts...farther inland the bulk of the area will experience 35-50mph gusts...certainly strong enough to bring down tree limbs, even small trees. Scattered power outages are a possibility.

Although the heaviest rain will pass to our north early Tuesday morning, we will still see showers moving through the area into the early afternoon.

The strongest wind will be over by mid morning (9am) Tuesday. A drier northwest wind will kick in Tuesday night with clouds clearing out early Wednesday...the sun WILL make a return before noontime!

Thanks for reading...Mark

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