The stretch of beautiful fall weather that has endured across the Northeast to start the month of November will come to an end later this week with prospects of rain and snow.
High pressure has been anchored along the East Coast since the end of last week and will slowly slide northeastward by Wednesday. As the high moves away, incidents of morning fog will diminish as a potent storm system and attendant cold front approach the region from the west.
This is the same storm system that will bring severe weather to the southern Plains today as well as snow from Colorado to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan by Wednesday.
Although the cold front will lose its powerful punch by the time it moves into the Northeast on Thursday morning, showers could dampen the day from Washington, D.C., to Bangor, Maine. Interior areas of the Northeast will have falling temperatures in the afternoon hours in the wake of the front.
An area of steadier and heavier rainfall may impact eastern New England on Thursday into Friday as tropical moisture associated with a "hybrid howler" gets pulled northward.
While the impacts of these storm systems are several days away, there is good agreement among AccuWeather.com meteorologists on the evolution of the weather pattern across the Northeast through the end of the week.
The worst conditions with the storm setup late in the week will occur over eastern New England and the Maritimes.
It will become blustery on Friday across the region as the storm system pulls northeastward into Canada. The first lake-effect rain and snow showers of the season could impact areas downwind of Lake Ontario, Erie and Huron to close out the workweek. Some wet snow could also fall in northern New England.
Temperatures will struggle to reach 50 degrees across the interior Northeast on Friday as cold air builds southward from Canada. The combination of the wind and chilly temperatures will make it feel more like early December across interior locations.
Although widespread wind damage is not expected, there could be spotty power outages. Many customers in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts just recently had power restored following the historic snowstorm over a week ago. Any strong wind gusts could negatively impact the clean-up effort.
The initial forecast for the upcoming weekend is looking similar to the past weekend as high pressure builds into the area. This would promote chilly, but seasonable temperatures along with sunny skies.
It is possible the weather pattern for early next week resembles that of the first part of this week in the East.
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