Matthew made landfall near McClellanville, SC around 11am yesterday morning as a Category 1 Hurricane. Hilton Head airport had a wind gust of 87mph. Parts of Savannah, GA received between 10-16" of rain and there are reports of record flooding in parts of North Carolina. This morning, Matthew is what's called a Post-Tropical Cyclone, or basically a Category 1 Hurricane, but it is loosing it's tropical characteristics. The storm is moving to the ENE around 14mph, taking it away from land and back out into the open waters today. Good news for Florida! The storm is no longer expected to loop around and have an impact on our southern neighbors. It's going to move due east and go completely out to sea. Goodbye Matthew!
Overnight, a cold front moved through the state and our winds have switched around to the north, suppressing whatever rain we have out there this morning to southern portions of the state. Believe it or not, the rain we're getting today, is the result of Hurricane Matthew. The moisture from the powerful hurricane managed to make it all the way into CT, which is kind of good news, as we really do need the rain. You can expect the rain to continue until early this afternoon, and then we should start to see some gradual clearing. So while we're off and running with cloudy, breezy, and cool conditions, better weather is heading our way.
Expect partly to mostly clear skies tonight along with much cooler temperatures. Tomorrow, Columbus Day is looking absolutely amazing. High pressure will bring plenty of sunshine to Ct. It will be a crisp, autumn day with highs 60-65 degrees.
The beautiful weather will carry over into Tuesday and Wednesday with high pressure remaining the dominant weather feature in the northeast. Tuesday morning will be clear and chilly with temperatures in the 30s and lower 40s. There may be a touch of frost in the normally colder locations. Tuesday afternoon should be bright and sunny with highs in the low to middle 60s.
Wednesday looks great too with mostly sunny skies, lows in the 30s and 40s, and highs in the 60s.
A cold front could bring a passing shower on Thursday, but any rainfall will be insignificant. We should see a mix of clouds and sunshine Thursday and temperatures will likely reach the upper 60s.
High pressure and cooler air will move into New England Thursday night and Friday. Friday should be bright and sunny, but brisk with highs in the upper 50s and lower 60s!
Unfortunately, there is very little rain in the 7 day forecast. We were hoping to get a good soaking from Matthew this weekend with the damaging winds remaining offshore. Of course, that didn't happen. Therefore, the severe drought will continue for quite some time.
Meteorologist Melissa Cole with Scot Haney
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