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Soggy Saturday for Southeast New England

Wet start to the first weekend in October



    Saturday: On and off rain; heavy downpours at times. Brisk with winds out of the NE at 10-15mph. Highs in the upper 50s south / lower 50s north. Tonight: Patchy fog with lingering rain. Cloudy with lows in the lower 50s south / 40s north. Wind: N 5-10mph. Tomorrow (Sunday): Showers become more spotty with some peeks of sunshine at times. High lower 60s south / 50s north. (Published Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016)

    In case you missed it or slept in Saturday morning, as of 10:20 a.m., rainfall totals were exceeding 1.5" for the Boston-area and southward to the Cape and the Islands and southwest towards Rhode Island. With this system, Nantucket has seen 2.34" of rainfall over the past 24 hours, while Barrinigton, Rhode Island, saw 1.79" and Plymouth, Massachusetts, saw 1.16" of rainfall.

    An area flood advisory had to be issued from Cape Ann to Boston, to Newport, Rhode Island due to the heavy pockets of downpours alongside the gusty northeasterly winds that picked up between 20-30 mph at times. The Flood Advisory has since expired, but during your travels this weekend, make sure to take it easy on the roadways as pounding alongside some roadways is still possible as showers start to weaken. Meanwhile, areas north of Concord, New Hampshire, and west of Worcester, Massachusetts, did not see much rainfall. If anything, a passing downpour.

    However, we are not out of the woods just yet. For Saturday night's Red Sox game, baseball fans will need to make sure they are bundled up and ready for another round of rain this evening.

    The rain will be off and on during the game and should ramp up after the last pitch. Another round of heavy rain is possible overnight into Connecticut and western Massachusetts (areas that missed most of the impressive rainfall from this morning).

    These showers will become spotty by Sunday afternoon across New England and the wind will shift out of the north and we will see some peeks of sunshine. There's still a chance for showers Monday and then we dry out for the middle of the next week.

    We are still tracking Hurricane Matthew as he continues to churn in the Caribbean as a Cat. 4 Hurricane, the strongest hurricane in the Caribbean since Hurricane Felix in 2007. He will continue to track northwest towards Jamaica by Monday where a Hurricane Watch has been issued and onwards towards eastern Cuba by Monday night, as a Cat. 3.

    Bahamas by early Wednesday and just east off the coast of Florida as a Cat. 2. We will continue to monitor Hurricane Matthew through midweek as he could possibly be picked up by the Jetstream and steered away from New England late next week or the Jetstream remains too far north and he could be impacting southern New England by next weekend.

    Right now, there are too many uncertainties to declare where Matthew will go. As always stay tuned for the very latest information on your forecast right here on necn or on the go on the necn mobile app for your smartphone.

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