ITHACA, NY – Granted, dwhile people are still reeling from Hurricane Matthew in the Carribean and preparing to evacuate in Florida, drought relief in upstate New York isn’t at the top of most people’s priority list.

Still, the hurricane currently threatening the east coast may have offered an opportunity for the region’s water table to recover with a quick burst of several inches of rain. However, latest predictions indicate that Matthew will likely turn and head back out to sea as it reaches the Virginia coast, missing the northeast completely.

According to a report from Finger Lakes Weather, a cold front that may have pulled Matthew further north and brought more precipitation is moving faster and further north than originally predicted. This means the cold front will likely not interact with the hurricane much if it all. Instead, it’s predicted that will be deflected eastward, out into the Atlantic or possibly looping back around toward the south.

The report says that confidence in the storm’s track is relatively high, but storms of Matthew’s size can be affected by weather patterns thousands of miles away. It’s still possible the storm could change course again and still hit the northeast, but it is considered unlikely.

There’s still a possibility of light rain on Saturday morning, but unless the hurricane drastically changes course, it’s likely that the region will remain dry.

Michael Smith

Michael Smith reports on politics and local news for the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached via email at msmith@ithacavoice.com, by cell at (607) 229-0885, or via Google Voice at (518) 650-3639.