It's the first official weekend of October and it's going to be a wet one for southern New England, however, the most rain is expected to fall where we desperately need the rain - in the areas of extreme drought.
Spotty showers start as early as Friday mid-morning along the southern coast of New England and will continue to spread northward, but very slowly. The leading edge of these showers are expected near the Mass Pike by mid-afternoon and along the state line between Massachusetts and New Hampshire by late afternoon into this evening. Otherwise, far northern New England is sparred from a wet weekend and will be great for anyone planning on going leaf peeping.
If you're planning on going to the Red Sox game this evening, make sure you wear the layers to remain warm and dry as on and off rain showers are expected during the game with temperatures dropping from mid 50s to lower 50s by last pitch.
For Saturday, rain will continue from Friday evening into early Saturday with some imbedded heavy downpours at times with localized flooding possible near and reduced visibility to start and end the day under patchy fog. For your Saturday plans, expect to take it easy on the roadways.
Sunday is the drier day out of the weekend, even though a spotty shower at kickoff for the Patriots game cannot be ruled out. The best place to see peeks of sunshine will be into northern New England with clouds sticking around in southern New England.
The big question is how much rain is expected this weekend, especially for those areas under extreme drought? The latest model updates brings between to 1" of rainfall along SE New England with far southern coastal areas possibly over an inch of rainfall through Sunday evening.
We are keeping an eye on the tropics for more rainfall as Hurricane Matthew continues to strengthen. Matthew is expected to make a northward turn and track along the eastern seaboard. If we were to see any rainfall from Matthew it would be late next week. As always, stay tuned for the very latest weather updates right here and on the go on the necn app.