What was once Hurricane Sandy is now weakening as the storm moves northwestward through Pennsylvania today. Her impacts in the local area were significant and virtually brought eastern Massachusetts to a standstill on Monday. Heavy rain, gusty damaging winds of over 60 mph and some coastal flooding were on display yesterday in the local area. Over southeastern Massachusetts and the south coast we saw winds gust to over hurricane force in some locales, with significantly worse coastal flooding as well. We are slowly getting back on our feet today as weather conditions improve, with the worst of the storms impact behind us. As of 8 a.m. this morning roughly 275,000 Massachusetts homes and businesses remain without power. Many schools have been cancelled once again. Some businesses have been forced to close today due to no power or flooding. However, the transit system is back on line and state and government offices are reopening at 10 a.m. this morning.
Although the worst of Sandy’s impacts are over she will remain in control of our weather a good portion of this week. The storm is forecast to move slowly and turn north into southeast Ontario by Thursday morning. By Saturday morning the remnants of this massive system should be positioned over northern Maine or extreme southeastern Quebec. Over the weekend high pressure will ease back into the region. It probably will not be until Saturday before we see a good amount of sunshine returning.
With the large circulation of the system over the Northeast we can expect bands of showers to pin wheel into the local area for the next several days, with the chances of showers diminishing each day. Winds will remain gusty at times on Tuesday, finally subsiding later tonight. Since the storm remains well to our west we are on the warm side and temperatures reflect this as highs will reach into the upper 60s to near 70 today and then slowly fall back as the week progresses. By late week we will be back to near normal readings as we get into the first days of November.
Five Day Forecast:
Tuesday: Generally mostly cloudy skies, with periods of showers and occasional gusty winds. A few breaks of sunshine are possible. Mild as high temperatures climb between 65 and 70 degrees. Winds southeast 10 to 20 mph, with some gusts to near 35 mph likely.
Tuesday night: Showers at times, otherwise overcast conditions. Lows near 55. Winds southeast and diminishing to 10 to 15 mph, with a few higher gusts in the evening.
Wednesday and Wednesday night: Generally cloudy, with a chance of showers. Highs 60 to 64. Overnight lows near 45. Winds south 10 to 18 mph, becoming southwest about 10 mph at night.
Thursday and Friday: Lots of clouds and trending cooler. Slight risk of a shower through Thursday night. Highs 54 to 58. Overnight lows 40 to 45, with some upper 30s inland Friday night.
Saturday: Partly to mostly sunny and seasonably cool. Highs 50 to 55.