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‘It won’t be a good travel day’

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A powerful storm with strong winds is expected to rip through the region during one of the busiest travel days of the holiday season, as meteorologists warn travelers that it won’t be the best day to hit the roads.

The low-pressure system is set to bring heavy rainfall, gusty winds, and coastal flooding to southern New England from late Thursday night through Friday.

Some snow and ice is possible at the start of the storm before the switchover to rain.

“We’ll see heavy rain, and it’ll be very windy as well,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist John Feerick told the Herald on Sunday, noting that gusts could hit 50 mph along the coast. “Anybody traveling for Christmas could have some travel issues.”

Ahead of the storm, the first few days of the workweek will be dry — with blustery and seasonably chilly weather through Tuesday. High pressure then settles over New England on Wednesday, with diminishing winds and still seasonable temps.

“Things start going downhill from there,” Alan Dunham, meteorologist in the National Weather Service’s Boston office, said about the conditions coming late Thursday and into Friday.

“It won’t be a good travel day,” he added about Friday. “But at least it will be rain.”

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