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Storm forecast for the holiday weekend: here’s what to expect

Published December 22, 2022 at 12:12 PM EST
Sam Houghton
Nobska Beach flooded after the morning high tide as a powerful storm impacts the region.

A two-part blast of heavy weather is poised to strike the Cape and Islands as we head into the holiday weekend. It’s expected to impact travel plans across the region and potentially bring dangerous power outages.

Here’s the forecast.

Part 1: Storm Warning for Friday

  • A Storm Warning and High Wind Warning are in effect from the National Weather service from 1am – 7pm Friday.
  • South winds blowing 30+ mph, with gusts exceeding 50 mph.
  • Ferry cancelations likely.
  • 2 inches or more of rain possible, potential for localized flooding.
  • Power outages possible.
  • Mild temperatures across the region, from 45° to 55°.

Part 2: Freezing temperatures Friday night through the weekend

  • Beginning evening Friday, temperatures are expected to plunge as much as 25 degrees and stay below freezing for the holiday weekend.
  • Overnight low of 20°, daytime highs Saturday and Sunday in the upper 20s.
  • Standing water on roads will freeze, making driving hazardous.
  • Power outages could leave homes and residents facing extreme cold.
  • Winds continue 25-35mph with stronger gusts
Eversource Falmouth
Steve Junker
Eversource crews staging at Falmouth Plaza ahead of the storm.

National Weather Service issues timeline for the storm