A nor'easter will affect Boston and much of New England later Wednesday into Thursday with the usual bells and whistles ranging from wind, rain, rough seas, coastal flooding and even snow in some areas.
The storm is forecast to reach maturity along the mid-Atlantic coast, then weaken somewhat moving farther to the northeast. As a result, this will be more of a routine November storm for the region.
For portions of northern New England, the impact from wind, rain and coastal flooding from this track could be more significant than that of Sandy, which drove ashore, well south of the region.
Northeast winds will produce water levels from 2 to 4 feet above normal tide along the east coast of Massachusetts with lesser water levels along Rhode Island and Maine coastline.
Wave action combined with the storm surge can lead to beach erosion. Offshore, waves can reach 25 feet.
Winds will be strong enough to down some trees and cause sporadic power outages. Gusts can reach 60 mph in southeastern Massachusetts. However, gusts to 40 to 50 mph will be more common elsewhere.
Not enough rain is forecast to fall to cause issues with small streams, but enough can fall, combined with fallen leaves to lead to urban flooding issues.
The recent push of cold air in the region will be enough to bring snow to western and northern New England. Snow can mix in as far south as New York City, but any snow in the Boston area will be very brief and limited to the onset of the storm late Wednesday.
Folks heading westward along the Mass. Pike should expect slow travel due to low visibility in snow, windswept rain and mainly wet roads. However, secondary roads well west can be slushy and slippery, especially over the high ground.
Portions of central and western Massachusetts can wind up with a half a foot of snow.
The midwestern United States will be in the crosshairs of potent thunderstorms into Saturday night.
Much of the eastern United States will continue to swelter with above-average temperatures into the end of the month.
Tropical Storm Darby, located over the Central Pacific, is expected to bring locally heavy rain and high surf to the islands this weekend.
Those looking for a break from the heat across the central United States will be in luck as a slow cooldown is in store starting this weekend.
The more than 100,000 people expected to attend the annual Glorious Goodwood festival next week will want to keep a brolly handy.
While a vast amount of dry air has dominated and will continue to impact the Atlantic basin over the next few weeks, tropical activity could spark near the west coast of Africa.
New Zealand (1995)
Extreme cold - a bay in Littleton Harbor froze for the first time in "living memory".
Simla, CO (1996)
4.5" diameter hail.
Mid-Atlantic Ocean (1788)
(22nd-24th) George Washington Hurricane; After causing ship disasters off SW Bermuda, the storm moved NW over Tidewater, NC and VA to pass right over George Washington's Mt. Vernon plantation. On July 24th, George Washington wrote in his diary: "About noon the wind suddenly shifted from NE to SW and blew the remaining part of the day violently from that quarter. The tide this time rose near higher than it was ever known to do, driving boats, etc. into fields, where no tide had ever been heard of before, and most, it is apprehended, having done infinite damage on their wharves at Alexandria, Norfolk, Baltimore, etc. At home all day."