Rain and wind to lash state tonight, Wednesday; Thanksgiving to be cold and clear

Heavy rain and winds with gusts up to 60 miles per hour will lash the Bay State from this evening through Wednesday, potentially flooding city streets and bringing down power lines, the National Weather Service said.

A bitter cold front will move through the region Wednesday night, bringing dry but unseasonably cold weather as people sit down Thursday for Thanksgiving feasts.

“There are probably a few flakes here and there this morning, but they should be real isolated,” said William Simpson, weather service meteorologist. “Then we will have a five- or six-hour break for the afternoon before precipitation returns around the evening commute.”

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Today will remain mostly cloudy, with temperatures rising into the mid-40s. A southwest wind will gust up to 13 miles per hour. Rain will begin after 8 p.m., and winds could reach 60 miles per hour in some areas during the overnight hours.

More than 3 inches of rain could fall by the end of Wednesday, with some areas in Central and Eastern Massachusetts receiving up to 4 inches, according to the weather service.

Temperatures will be unseasonably warm Wednesday, settling in the mid-60s. Strong south winds are again possible and could gust near 50 miles per hour, according to the weather service. Rain showers will continue overnight, and could turn to snow around 3 a.m. Thursday.

Conditions today and Wednesday are unlikely to create dangerous travel conditions through the state, Simpson said.

“Today and tomorrow should not really be issues for travel,” Simpson said. “It is still going to be raining during these couple days, but it shouldn’t be too bad, except tomorrow night temperatures are going to plunge quickly, so we could get some patchy ice.”

Thanksgiving will be partly sunny, with cold temperatures hovering in the mid-30s. A strong west wind will gust near 45 miles per hour, making conditions feel more frigid. Skies will remain clear overnight, and temperatures will fall into the low 20s, according to the weather service.

The sun should continue Friday and last through at least Saturday. Daytime temperatures on Friday will reach into the low 30s, and shouldn’t crest above 35 until Sunday. Sunday will see a chance of showers, with mostly cloudy skies.