Following a very wild day of weather on Friday, the winds will persist into the weekend across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, but thankfully the winds will be weaker and no further damage and power outages are expected in most areas. First we would like to recap the wind reports from Friday, which ended up verifying very well with our forecast. Here are the top wind reports as well as reports from some of the major cities:
- 102 mph: Grandfather Mountain, NC
- 93 mph: Barnstable, MA
- 89 mph: Nantucket, MA
- 88 mph: Woods Hole, MA
- 83 mph: East Falmouth, MA
- 83 mph: Little Compton, RI
- 71 mph: Dulles Airport
- 67 mph: JFK Airport
- 62 mph: Washington, D.C.
- 60 mph: Boston, MA
Winds will be strong again on Saturday, but they will be well below hurricane force during the day as our nor’easter pulls out to sea. The main reason for the persistence of these gusty winds through Sunday or even Monday is because of a tight pressure gradient between the low pressure offshore and the high pressure moving east from the Central Plains. Air spreads out from the high pressure and moves toward the low pressure to try to balance out the atmosphere, and that creates wind. Across much of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, winds will gradually decrease throughout the day. Peak gusts will be in the morning, ranging from 35-45 mph for many locations while southeastern Massachusetts experiences gusts up to 55 mph. Back toward the Great Lakes and interior Northeast, wind gusts will be more around 20-30 mph.
Then on Sunday, winds will continue to decrease but there will be still be a breezy component to the air. Wind gusts will generally range between 20 and 30 mph, which will not be damaging by any means. Gusts will still be higher in southeastern Massachusetts, getting as high as 40 mph, due to low friction from the close proximity of the ocean.
By Monday, winds will settle down further with gusts between 15 and 25 mph for most locations while a new storm moves into the Central US, leading to blizzard conditions and high winds for portions of the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest.