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Hurricane Matthew Remains a Wildcard for New England



    Today: Seasonable mix of clouds and sunshine. Highs near 60. Wind from northeast 10-15 mph. Overnight: Mostly clear, patchy fog. Low in the 40s & 50s south, 30s & 40s north. Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, high in the 60s. (Published Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016)

    While Hurricane Matthew rages in the Caribbean, the pattern looks increasingly mild and quiet in New England.

    Other than a few sprinkles - and lots of clouds - in the air this morning, we are looking at a bright and stable setup for the middle and latter half of the workweek.

    High temps will stumble a bit Tuesday - a good 7-10 degrees cooler than Monday - but we're expecting them to surge back to the 70s from midweek into the weekend.

    The biggest wildcard remains Hurricane Matthew as it rampages through Haiti and Eastern Cuba Tuesday and Wednesday. Storm surge, howling winds and inundating rain (up to 20-30 inches) will ravage the island nations in the coming days.

    Even as it weakens slightly in the Bahamas, it will be both deadly and historic. The effects of the storm on the Eastern Seaboard are still somewhat in question and depend heavily on the steering currents in the upper atmosphere. As you might expect, they are nebulous this far out.

    It seems that just as it approaches the Southeastern United States, the forecasts spread out and the storm can take multiple paths. Yes, there is a chance the storm could creep up the Eastern Seaboard, but there's also a chance it could stall off the Southeast Coast and eventually drift out to sea. But will it? That's the ten thousand dollar question. Unfortunately, right now all we have is a $10 answer. We will know more by tomorrow or Thursday.

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