Editor’s note: This is intended as a high-level overview on how Hurricane Lee could impact Westford and the surrounding region based on currently available forecasts and is not intended to replace official predictions from the National Weather Service or the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.
WESTFORD — Hurricane Lee remains a large Category 2 storm as it approaches New England and eastern Canada this weekend.
Forecasters say the storm, slated to impact the coast of Rhode Island and Massachusetts this weekend, could have wind gusts of up to 100 miles per hour.
A tropical storm watch is in effect for the Massachusetts and Rhode Island coasts, with a hurricane watch in effect for the coast of Maine.
Though Westford is not currently within the predicted path of the storm, the area may see residual effects as it moves north.
Lee’s wind field, or the spatial pattern of the storm’s wind, could extend up to 550 miles inland. Westford and the surrounding region could see wind gusts of up to 41 miles per hour Friday night through Saturday.
Additionally, Lee is expected to produce rainfall amounts of 1 to 4 inches across eastern New England, with Westford and the surrounding area predicted to receive 1 to 2 inches of rainfall through Saturday.