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Merrimack Valley

October 30, 2012

Sandy won't leave us alone

The worst of Hurricane Sandy was forecast to be past overnight, though weather experts and state emergency management personnel said the storm still bears watching.

Today, the forecast is for showers all day and overnight, up to a half inch of rain, and temperatures reaching about 68 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Winds slowed overnight last night to between 18 and 24 miles per hour, and were forecast be a little calmer through the day. Overnight tonight, showers are expected to continue, with a low temperature around 54 degrees and winds between 10 and 13 miles per hour.

Tomorrow, there is a chance of showers, with a high of 58 degrees. The wind is expected to be mild, between eight to 13 miles per hour, though gusts could reach 35 miles per hour.

The National Weather Service is predicting the storm will move north from Pennsylvania and through upstate New York, with the middle of the storm reaching Rochester by about 2 p.m. today. Sandy is expected to move northeast then, and reach the Canadian border tomorrow afternoon.

However, a National Weather Service forecast map showed late last night that the storm could still turn eastward and sweep across northern New England Thursday and Friday, potentially dumping more rain in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Sustained winds, however, would be around 25 to 35 miles per hour. It could also continue on its northeastern trajectory and follow the St. Lawrence River over Montreal and Quebec City.

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