CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Hurricane Jose is expected to impact New England as a tropical storm Tuesday and Wednesday.
As of midday Monday, Jose is still a Category 1 Hurricane off the coast of the Carolinas.
Jose is forecasted to weaken to a tropical storm as it nears New England as it moves into cooler water. While the center of the storm is expected to stay out to sea, New England will likely feel some impacts from Jose.
Coastal areas should prepare for strong winds, heavy rain, big waves and coastal flooding. A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Long Island and Connecticut coastlines. A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for parts of the Cape and Rhode Island Coastlines.
Here in western Massachusetts the wind will be less of a concern as we’ll be farther away from the center of the storm. It could still be a bit gusty on Tuesday into Wednesday and some power outages are possible, but significant damage from wind is not expected.
Rain will probably be our most noticeable impact, but even then we’re not expecting a lot of rain. Tuesday will likely be our wettest day with showers wrapping up Wednesday morning as the storm pulls away. Western Massachusetts could see anywhere from .5″ to an 1″ of rain and eastern Massachusetts/Coastline could see anywhere from 2-4″ of rain. If the storm shifts more west we will see more in the way of rain and wind and if it shifts east the less wind and rain we will see.
As always, some adjustments and tweaks to the forecast will be made as Jose gets closer to the New England coastline.
Stay with 22News as we continue to fine tune the forecast and our local impacts.