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Oct 16, 2015 11:31 PM

NH1 Weather Insider with Joe Joyce: October 17, 2015

NH1 Chief Meteorologist

Yes, this weekend will bring in the coldest air we have seen so far. As each week goes by, we will be saying that more and more. My point is...despite the cold, the weather is no excuse to not be out enjoying football games, fall festivals, picking pumpkins or leaf peeping. The weather will just be too nice outside to sit inside all weekend and complain about a chill in the air.

OK...now I have that out of the way...what can we expect? A weak low pressure system will crossing the north country overnight and pulling into Maine Saturday morning. This low will come with a predawn early morning shower or snow showers in the mountains. Any early morning clouds will break up with drying wnw winds descending down the slopes of the mountains. Partly sunny skies, breezy WNW winds and highs in the upper 40's and Lwr 50's. Not a bad Saturday whatsoever...but the chill will be just beginning. Across the mountains, NW upsloping winds will help to create scattered snow showers across North facing slopes and summits. Summits above 3,500 hundred feet will have down right winter like conditions with highs in the teens, winds over 30 mph and windchills in the single digits. Mount Washington picked up a trace of snow Friday and a few more inches are possible by Saturday night. Windchills will drop below zero on top of the Mountain Saturday night.

For the rest of us, a cold front in place across the North country Saturday will push south and slide off the coast Saturday night. Breezy NW winds will steer in the real cold we have been talking about all week and temps will drop into the 20's. A frosty cold airmass will be in place Sunday morning. Sunny skies in the morning will give way to some increasing afternoon clouds with highs only able to warm into the Lwr-mid 40's under the significant cold air advection directed in from Canada. Lows again will drop even further into the Lwr-mid 20's early Monday morning for another hard freeze across the Granite state. Whatever was left of the growing season will be gone for good. It's over after this cold snap.

High pressure will with NW winds will lock in the low level cold right through Monday with sunshine and highs in the 40's. As it tracks south of us and begins to pull off the coast, warmer SW winds will develop and quickly return temps to a more typical mid October airmass. A weak cold front will slide through Tuesday and halt any warm up from climbing into the 60's. Our next chance of showers comes Wednesday night into Thursday with a low tracking right over us and will bring cooler dry stable pleasant weather our way for next weekend!

Please hikers be smart and be prepared out there. Please don't venture to the summits unless fully equipped and prepared for winter. Please hike with a friend and let people know where you will be. Have supplies in case you get lost. This is no weekend to tempt nature as changes will be happening rapidly. My advice is to stay in the lower elevation hikes and enjoy the beauty all around us. Unfortunately, with the fragile state of the foliage as it is...I do expect a pretty significant leaf drop across the north country this weekend with the active winds. Hit the colors and enjoy the best of the season while you can!


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