After being a super typhoon for more than a day, Songda has been downgraded to a tyhpoon as it weakened slightly Friday.
Sustained winds weakened to 145 mph, which prompted the downgrade. Winds are gusting to 170 mph.
Heavy rain and gusty wind is still affecting the northeastern coast of Luzon in the Philippines.
These areas can expect gusty winds, episodes of heavy rain and battering waves. Some flooding is to be expected, along with the potential for wind damage.
Seas with a storm of this strength are massive, and small craft are no match. Large vessels are even encouraged to avoid the area and stay out of the path of the storm.
It appears Songda will slowly curve to the north and begin to weaken over cooler waters this weekend.
Steering winds should keep the core of the storm east of Taiwan.
However, this curved path could take the storm directly over Japan's Ryukyu Islands and dangerously close to Okinawa as a formidable typhoon with winds near or over 100 mph.
A further curve to the northeast is likely later this weekend into next week, along with additional weakening.
Regardless of the exact track of the typhoon, heavy rain is a certainty.
There is a possibility that Songda will continue north and bring heavy rain to southern Japan over the weekend, with the possibility of rain lingering into early next week, including the area decimated by the tsunami and radiation release from a nuclear plant.
Keep checking back with AccuWeather.com as we continue to monitor this storm.
The storm responsible for the wind, cold, rain and snow in the Northeast Friday and Saturday will slowly ease up for the balance of the holiday weekend.
A few days after a chilly storm departs the Northeast, warm weather will make a strong comeback in parts of the Midwest and the East later next week.
During Sunday's race, the skies will be variably cloudy with the risk of a few showers.
"This pup was literally singing when he saw his family," Michelle Karolicki, relocation program manager of the Central Oklahoma Humane Society, said about a reunion that took place on Thursday.
Another plunge of chilly air will set the stage for the risk of a frost and freeze centered Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and other nearby states this weekend.
Downpours and locally severe thunderstorms over the Central states will not only foil holiday weekend activities, but will also put some lives at risk.
Cut Bank, MT (1982)
35 degrees with a mix of snow and rain. The high temperature from the previous day was 78.
New England (1967)
(25th-26th) Coastal New England battered by a great Nor'easter. Winds mounted to 70-80 mph on the coast. Blue Hill had sustained winds of 60 mph and Logan had sustained winds of 50 mph. Lowest pressure of 29.30" was measured over the ocean; 5-10" of snow fell in the Berkshires with considerable damage to the tobacco crop in the Connecticut River Valley. Temperature dropped to 31 degrees at Pittsfield on the 30th for a remarkable end of May freeze.
Erie, PA (1991)
One-half inch of rain fell in only 5 minutes.