Hurricane Lee is barreling north and bringing tropical weather to New England this weekend, just in time for the Dolphins vs. Patriots game in Foxborough, Mass., on Sunday.
But the game, set for 8:20 p.m., should go on, good news for South Floridians and New Englanders alike. Forecasters say the hurricane will be departing the area by Sunday night, bringing beautiful fall weather behind it rather than wind and rain.
“Sunday night is going to be a very nice fall night in Foxborough,” said Rob Megnia, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Boston, adding that the area will see “very modest winds, seasonable fall temperatures,” with “no active weather expected.”
An area of high pressure building in behind the storm is associated with the nice weather.
Most of the impacts in New England will arrive Friday night into Saturday morning, Megnia said. By early afternoon, Lee will be starting to move out of the area.
The Florida State University Seminoles will also face the Boston College Eagles in Chestnut Hill, near Boston, Saturday at noon. That game is also still on, though windy weather and some precipitation is possible before Lee begins to pull away “quickly after the lunch hour,” NWS Boston forecasters wrote in the latest discussion on Friday.
The east coast of Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the islands will face “the brunt,” Megnia said, with some wind, rain and power outages, but “it’s not looking like a historic storm or anything.”