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Torrential rain moved through the area Wednesday night, accompanied by strong, gusty winds.
As of 1:45 p.m., more than 176,000 customers were still without power across the state, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. Several school districts had closed or were delayed Thursday morning.
The storm system is now moving north of the region, but the backside is still going to be quite windy. A high wind warning remains in effect for much of the region through 6 p.m., the National Weather Service says.
If there is brief clearing this morning, clouds will filter back in this afternoon. I can't rule out some showers, but generally it's drier now that the main slug of rain is north of the area.
Wind gusts could be near 50 mph at times today. In spite of the fact some of the leaves have been blown off the trees, there's enough left that there could still be tree damage and power outages throughout the day.
Until the winds subside enough, many crews will not be able to make necessary repairs, so people without power may continue to be in the dark for a little while longer.
Everything will wind down overnight, with clearing skies and cool temperatures. It will still be breezy tomorrow along with sunshine. Right now, the weekend is looking quite fabulous with bright blue sky and temperatures in the lower 60s on Saturday and mid-60s by Sunday.
However, the weather systems are on the move, and the next one will approach sometime Monday or Tuesday.
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Thursday: Mild this morning, then cooler by dark. Highs near 60 early, falling this afternoon. A few showers at times.
Thursday Night: Windswept rain overspreads the region. Lows 48-55.
Friday: Partly to mostly sunny. Highs just under 60.
Saturday: Lots of sunshine. Highs approaching 61.
Sunday: Partial sunshine and dry. Highs within a few degrees of 66.
Monday: Sunshine and clouds. Seasonably mild. May rain at night. Highs in the 60s.
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