BOSTON (CBS) – Let New England go from a wintry scene to thunderstorms in a matter of days! Today’s threat is relatively short-lived, but it can still deliver a blow at the wrong time.
TIMED COORDINATION: The defined line of storms associated with the cold front will roll through the Berkshires around 3:00 p.m. At 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Worcester County will handle the heavy rain and gusty winds. Add another 45 minutes to an hour for 495 and everyone east to take advantage of the storms.
WIND: This is probably the main threat to this sweeping system. Gusts of 30-40 mph can topple limbs and branches. Power outages are also possible. These gusts are “straight”, which means that there is no danger of a rotation or tornado to be expected.
RAIN: Moderate to heavy downpours are likely for the entire duration of this event. While the intensity is there, the rain totals only reach 0.25-0.5 inches. The main impact will be reduced visibility and wet roads during the evening commute.
Cold air flows in at the back of this system. Gusts of wind will likely exceed 40 mph on Thursday morning, making it very cold.
It will feel like early Thursday of the 20s and the afternoon wind chill levels will remain in the 30s.