A large storm responsible for crippling the Southeastern United States and stranding hundreds of thousands with no electricity will hit Southern New England on Thursday. By an large, the impacts in coastal Southeastern Massachusetts will pale in comparison to how hard other areas will be hit.

Heavy snow is likely in the interior Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Paralyzing freezing rain led to downed trees and power lines in Georgia and the Carolinas. The storm will bring heavy precipitation and strong winds to Southeastern Massachusetts, but it should not be anything that residents cannot handle.

Snow is likely for a brief time Thursday morning. The snow should break out around dawn, and will gradually change to rain during the morning. 1-3" of snow is possible before the changeover in the Buzzards Bay area. There is a lower chance of accumulation on Cape Cod and the Islands.

Rain may be heavy at times through the day and into the evening. More than an inch of rain is possible, and widespread street flooding may happen due to ice-clogged storm drains.

The wind will be a big factor, with gusts over 50 mph possible on Cape Cod, and 40-50 mph near Buzzards Bay. The temperature will climb into the upper 30s to low 40s during the afternoon and early evening.

The precipitation may end as a touch of snow or sleet early Friday morning. The storm should be out of the picture between 8-10 am. Bright weather, although breezy and cool, is ahead for Friday afternoon and your restaurant date with your Valentine Friday evening.

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