Gusty winds, snow showers to accompany new cold blast in midwestern, northeastern US this weekend

By Renee Duff, AccuWeather meteorologist
October 20, 2018, 5:02:56 AM EDT

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A renewed wave of cold air, locally damaging winds and rain and snow showers will sweep through the midwestern and northeastern United States this weekend.

The region’s first significant cold sweep of the season arrived at midweek with some areas seeing their first snowflakes since the spring.

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A snowy pumpkin patch in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada.

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Holiday Valley Resort received a thin blanket of snow on their ski slopes on Thursday morning.

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Snow-covered pumpkins in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada.

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Holiday Valley Resort received a thin blanket of snow on their ski slopes on Thursday morning.

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A dog injoying the first snow of the season in Tottenham, Ontario, Canada

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Some people in Danville, V.T., were not quite ready for the first flakes of the season.

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Leaves and snow blanket a porch in Danville, V.T.

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A corgi plays in the fresh snow in Alliston, Ontario, Canada.

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A beautiful blend of fall and winter in Mont-Tremblant, Québec, Canada.

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Snow-covered lawn furniture in Tottenham, Ontario, Canada.

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Apples covered in snow in Ellicottville, N.Y.

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A blend of fall foliage and snow in Pinkham Notch, N.H., on Thursday morning.

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Grass was covered in snow in Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada, on Thursday morning.


The week ended on a rather pleasant note with sunshine, light winds and highs in the 50s and 60s Fahrenheit on Friday.

“Following Friday's moderation in temperatures, a reinforcing shot of colder air will be coming into the Northeast this weekend,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Ryan Adamson.

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“This next cold front means business,” said AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams.

Temperatures during both the days and nights this weekend can be several degrees lower than their coldest levels at midweek.

Cold air will also dip much farther west when compared to the extent of the cold at midweek, according to Abrams.

The chill will first reach the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes on Saturday, before sweeping through the Northeast from late Saturday to Saturday night.

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High temperatures will be held 10-15 degrees Fahrenheit below normal in the wake of the cold sweep, generally in the 40s across the Great Lakes and interior Northeast and 50s closer to the coast.

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Factoring in cold, gusty winds from the northwest, AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures can be up to 10 degrees lower.

Tree damage and power outages may occur on a localized basis in the blustery conditions. People with plans to rake the leaves this weekend will want to hold off, as they will get blown around.

The gusty winds may remove a great deal of dead branches from the trees, so a substantial amount of cleanup may have to be done in the wake of the winds.

A mixture of rain and snow showers will riddle interior areas, especially downwind of the Great Lakes, from Saturday to Sunday, according to Adamson.

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“Some of the highest elevations could even get some minor accumulation, especially on colder surfaces such as grass and cars,” Adamson said.

For the most part, the Interstate 95 corridor of the Northeast can expect a dry weekend.

A bit of rain may dampen Washington, D.C., to New York City early Saturday, but the day will otherwise turn out dry and mild. However, temperatures will come crashing down as cold winds whip through on Sunday.

Those heading to outdoor sporting events will need to pack on the layers and may need to wear hats, scarves and gloves, especially at night as temperatures dip to frosty levels.

While a relatively clear sky will make for ideal viewing conditions for the peak of the Orionid meteor shower on Sunday night, anyone heading outside to see the show will need to dress warmly.

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