The most damaging of the wind has passed – but new pockets of wind damage will still be cropping up throughout our Thursday. The culprit is a strengthening storm center – a “bomb cyclone” by definition given how quickly it intensified – pulling north across New England. The shot of rain delivered by the storm caused flooding for some, and the strong easterly wind caused damage for others, leaving nearly half a million customers without electricity in our six-state region Thursday morning. Treat any downed power lines as live, since we never know which ones still have electricity flowing through them; watch for downed limbs, weakened limbs and leaning trees that still may come crashing down with the continuing gusty wind today; use caution on back roads where wet leaves decrease traction and raise the risk for slipping and sliding; and be ready for some additional power outages with wind gusts still reaching 50 mph at times, regionwide. All the while, rain in Northern and Western New England will wrap under the belly of our storm center as it slowly moves across Northern New England, launching renewed, windswept showers across most of the region and perhaps even pulling enough cold air across the mountains to make for some wet snow, particularly above 2000 feet in elevation. Showers will diminish Thursday night and although wind will dip below damaging levels, expect a busy west and northwest wind to continue not only Thursday night but right through Friday under more clouds than sun. Beautiful weather is expected this weekend for the Head of the Charles with both Saturday and Sunday bringing a lighter wind and sunshine…mixed with some clouds Sunday but staying dry. We’ll warm by next Tuesday in conjunction with a passing storm center that will deliver another shot of rain, followed by near or slightly cooler than seasonable temperatures in our exclusive First Alert 10-day forecast.