Oct 15, 2015 12:18 AM
NH1 Chief Meteorologist
A cool start to Thursday will give way to abundant sunshine, beautiful fall colors and a cooler, more autumnal feel to the air by afternoon with highs in the 50's and lwr 60's. Just a gorgeous fall day outside! Skies will start off clear Thursday night, but clouds will increase overnight with the risk of a passing shower. Another cold front will be pushing through on Friday. This will come with a few more clouds and the risk of a passing shower or two during the day. A mix of clouds and some sun with highs again running very average for this time of year near 60 degrees.
It's the weekend where things will start to get more interesting and on the cooler side. In fact, it should end up being an impressive cold shot of air for this early in the season and we will likely be seeing our first accumulating snowfall of the season in the northern mountains. Temperatures will be cool enough that many ski areas may toy around and start prepping their snow making equipment. Sunday River in Maine is planning on making snow most of the weekend and plans to have it's first opening run of the season ready to go by Monday!
A deep upper level trough will be in place across the Northeast this weekend. The upper level winds will steer in this impressive shot of air beginning Saturday. The leading edge of the cold will arrive across Northern New England a cold front Saturday. Expect a mix of sun and building clouds during the day with highs mostly in the mid-50's. Meanwhile in the mountains, temperatures will be cold enough for scattered snow showers on and off from Friday night right into Sunday. Breezy NW wind will develop Saturday and direct the chill from Canada right into New England. NW winds upsloping up the North facing slopes will keep the snow showers going with the potential for a few inches of snow to form at the higher summits.
The cold front will push off the coast Sunday with the coldest air of this early season settling over New England. Highs on Sunday will only be in the 40's, but breezy NW wind will add to the chill and make it feel quite blustery outside despite the abundant sunshine which should be in place. The combination of a departing strengthening low in the Canadian maritimes with building high pressure to our south and west will keep this persistent Canadian wind going through the weekend. The cold pool of air will sit right over us Sunday night with a high barometer cold and lows falling into the 20's for a widespread hard freeze across the region. Monday morning will start off with a freezing cold....Sunshine will do little to warm us up by afternoon. Highs will remain in the 40's by afternoon, but a lighter wind will make it feel a little less blustery.
Temperatures will gradually warm during the week with the upper trough lifting out, and a building ridge of high pressure across the Northeast. High pressure south of New England will start to wrap in warmer SW winds with highs climbing back into the 60's by midweek. Have those warmer clothes ready for the weekend. The evening will have a particular bite to them if you plan on heading out during the evening with temps quickly dropping with the setting sun.
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