Blustery winds, interior snow to chill northeastern US this weekend
By By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist.
October 25, 2016, 11:49:57 AM EDT
Colder weather, and in some cases a taste of winter with snow, will continue to invade the northeastern United States this weekend.
Shorts and short-sleeve weather from earlier this week is being replaced by conditions requiring long sleeves and layered clothing, including coats, hats and even gloves, for those spending time outdoors at area football games.
Some people may have to put their heat on for the first time this season.
Record-challenging high temperatures in the 70s and 80s F will be replaced by highs in the 40s and 50s on one or both days of the weekend.
Nighttime lows will be in the 30s and 40s. Blustery winds will usher in the colder air.
The fall foliage may take a hit from the change to colder weather.
"Blustery conditions may knock a lot of leaves off the trees, so the foliage may not be as vibrant in the wake of the event," according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Lada.
Where fallen wet leaves lay, some roads or sidewalks could be extra slick even after the rain has come to an end. Fallen leaves can also block storm drains.
"Wind gusts will generally be on the order of 35-40 mph with locally higher gusts into Sunday," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski. "Any loose Halloween decorations will easily get blown around and potentially damaged. Very sporadic power outages could also result."
The cold air will sweep in quickly in portions of upstate New York and northern New England. In these areas, the cold air will catch up to the back edge of the rain, causing the first accumulating snow of the season.
"Several inches of snow can fall over the higher terrain and non-paved areas of the Adirondack, Green and White mountains into Sunday morning," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brian Wimer.
The best chance of an inch of snow in the aforementioned mountains will be above 1,500 feet with perhaps 6 inches falling above 2,500 feet.
Snow will also accumulate an inch or two in the higher terrain of the Catskill Mountains into Saturday night.
A little snow or a dash of sleet can mix in over the higher terrain of the central Appalachians, Poconos, Berkshires and Endless mountains for the first time this season. The heaviest snow showers can coat the higher elevations.
Sunshine will return and temperatures will rebound a bit on Sunday afternoon in all but the northern parts of New York state and New England. Highs will be mainly in the 50s and 60s. However, a brisk wind will continue to blow and create lower RealFeel Temperatures.
"A reinforcing push of cold air could bring a frost and freeze to some locations of the Northeast during this week," AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams said.
Some areas untouched by frost so far this season in the mid-Atlantic could be reached during the middle part of this week.
The secondary push of cold air will sweep southeastward from Canada on Monday. There could be some wet snow mixed in with rain showers in parts of New York state and the interior of New England into Tuesday.
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