Boston Faces a Soaking, Partially From Karen

By , Senior Meteorologist
October 7, 2013; 4:16 AM ET
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A soaking is on tap for Boston Monday night with Karen partially to blame.

An approaching cold front and some moisture from Karen, now a tropical rainstorm, will combine to spread a band of heavy rain through Boston Monday night.

The heaviest rain will come in between the Monday evening and Tuesday morning commutes.

For those driving in between those times, the downpours threaten to slow down motorists by reducing visibility and heightening the risk of vehicles hydroplaning at highway speeds.

Umbrellas will be a necessity for those traveling by foot.

The rain will generally total 0.50 to 1.00 inch in less than six hours. There will be locally higher amounts, and that is where meteorologists will be most concerned for flash flooding to occur in low-lying and poor drainage areas.

A burst of strong winds capable of causing minor tree damage and sporadic power outages could accompany one or two of the heaviest downpours.

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Sustained southerly winds will also increase as Monday progresses with speeds ranging from 12 to 25 mph for the afternoon and evening. Winds on the higher end of that range, with stronger gusts, will be most common near the coast, where seas will turn rough for small craft.

Otherwise during the daylight hours of Monday, numerous clouds and a passing afternoon shower will be around.

Following the passage of the cold front, a drier day with clouds breaking for some sunshine and a high of 70 degree will unfold for Tuesday. Plenty of sunshine and a seasonable high of 65 degrees will prevail on Wednesday.

Beyond midweek, meteorologists are monitoring the possibility of a storm developing near the East Coast and ruining the sunny forecasts for later in the week.


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