Meteorologists have been eyeing Hurricane Jose's track for a possible hit to the East Coast early next week, but the latest forecasts show the storm instead weakening and keeping off shore.
The National Hurricane Center predicts the storm will degenerate into a tropical storm by Saturday morning, and then thread the seas between the Atlantic coast and Bermuda over the next few days.
Still, meteorologists acknowledged it's too early to predict Jose's path with certainty. As of Wednesday afternoon, it was about 470 miles south of Bermuda with 75 mph sustained winds at its core.
Forecasters at the National Weather Service's Baltimore/Washington office said their extended outlook "hinges on the fate of Jose." But the picture is blurry both because any impact could be a week out, and because the various long-term forecasting models are still not agreeing on what path the storm will take, they said.
For now, they expect sunshine to return to the region Saturday and for dry conditions to continue into the first half of next week — assuming Jose stays away.