Thunderstorms Today, Ahead Of Arthur

Jul 3, 2014

Hurricane Arthur is churning towards New England. But forecasters are worried about an entirely different weather system hitting the area today. 

National Weather Service meteorologist Glenn Field is hunkering down for a busy day. This afternoon and evening, Field says he’s watching a cold front that’s on track to bring severe weather and a couple of inches of rain to Rhode Island.

“We’re expecting scattered but heavy thunderstorms across pretty much anywhere in Southern New England this afternoon. And they’ll continue into the early evening hours before beginning to diminish. Any of those storms have the potential to produce some very gusty winds and torrential downpours.”

Then, there’s Hurricane Arthur. Field says it’s already a strong storm. He’s projecting that Arthur will pass about 100 miles off the shore of Nantucket by Friday, but it’s not expected to make landfall. Still, Field says the hurricane will bring heavy rain all day on the holiday, and could cause flash flooding and rip currents.