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Michael's remnants to miss NH as mountains prepare for fall flakes

Union Leader Correspondent

October 11. 2018 8:41PM
Bianna Kelsay wipes tears from her face after being rescued from a building damaged by Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla., Oct. 11, 2018. (REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman)

New Hampshire will escape the remnants of what was once Hurricane Michael as the heavy rain and gusty winds are expected to pass well south of New England.

The heavy rain that moved through parts of the state Thursday was not associated with Michael, which made landfall on the Florida Panhandle as a strong category 4 hurricane Wednesday afternoon and left behind catastrophic damage.

Coastal New Hampshire experienced some splashover Thursday because of a northeast wind and astronomical high tides, which were running nearly a foot above normal in Hampton, said Derek Schroeter, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine.

Schroeter said the area was not expected to see any swells from Michael, which remained a tropical storm with 50 mph sustained winds as it moved through North Carolina Thursday afternoon.

Schroeter said the track and speed of the storm would not favor rough seas along New Hampshire’s coastline.

Meanwhile, a frontal boundary that moved through the area Thursday night was expected to bring an end to the showers and usher in cooler weather for the weekend.

Snow showers are in the forecast for northern New Hampshire Friday night while Schroeter said the coldest overnight lows of the season are expected in southern New Hampshire Saturday night. Places like Keene and Nashua will see temperatures in the mid 30s by Sunday morning, he said.

The cold shot will likely bring an end to the growing season with frost or freezing conditions in the forecast.

“It definitely looks like one of the coldest nights across the whole area,” Schroeter said.

The colder pattern could stick around for a bit based on the latest forecast issued by the Climate Prediction Center. Schroeter said the forecast is calling for below normal temperatures for at least the next few weeks.


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