Apr 3, 2024 - Climate

Grab the umbrella: Another storm's coming

Animated illustration of an umbrella opening and closing with rain falling on it.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Get ready for another wet one as a springtime nor'easter blows into the Boston area later today

Why it matters: There's a distinct chance of coastal flooding, strong winds and lots of rain starting this afternoon and continuing through Thursday evening.

  • Expect roughly two inches of rainfall around Boston and up to 40 mph winds.

Zoom in: For areas west of Boston, forecasts predict a wintery mix that won't be able to decide whether to be freezing rain, sleet or snow.

  • It'll be worse way out west in Franklin and Hampshire counties where a full "winter storm watch" is in effect, according to the National Weather Service.
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The North Shore coast and Cape Cod will see the worst of the high tide Thursday night. Map: The National Weather Service.

The rain is predicted to begin Wednesday morning and become steadier and heavier as the day goes on.

  • If the rain is still pouring down by Thursday night's high tide, things will get messy in coastal areas.
  • The strong winds and high tide could mean 8-14 foot surf.

What's next: Forecasters warn some nasty weather could linger even after the storm moves on from Boston Thursday night, with rain forecast into the weekend.

Yes, but: Skies should clear early next week, just in time for the eclipse.

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