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WESTFORD — A large winter storm and severe cold that has swept across the Midwest could bring heavy gusts and rainfall to New England.
The National Weather Service is predicting wind gusts of up to 60 mph for Westford. Approximately two to three inches of rainfall is expected through Saturday.
A high wind warning is in effect from 1 a.m. on Dec. 23 to 7 a.m. on Dec. 24.
Damaging winds could blow down trees and powerlines. Widespread power outages are expected, according to the National Weather Service.
Wing gusts are expected to peak Friday afternoon and linger through Saturday.
A coastal flood watch is in effect for the North Shore, South Shore, Boston and Cape Cod and the Islands.
Temperatures will remain moderate through Friday with a high of 54 degrees. Temperatures are expected to drop below freezing on Dec. 25, with wind chills forecasted in single digits. A flash freeze is possible between Dec. 24 and Dec. 25.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency recommends residents secure outdoor holiday decorations to prevent damage.
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