Oct 7, 2015 11:14 PM

NH1 Weather Insider with Joe Joyce: October 8, 2015

NH1 Chief Meteorologist

Skies cleared overnight along with a cold front pushing off the coast. Temps will start off cool again Thursday morning in the 40's. This time, instead of climbing into the Lwr 70's by afternoon...they will hold in the Lwr 60's. A cooler day no doubt as Canadian High pressure settles in and directs in a refreshing cool crisp airmass back into the region. So dressing a bit warmer Thursday will serve you well. Clouds will be on the increase Thursday night ahead of an approaching low which will cross right over us Friday. Showers will begin Friday morning and continue through the midday. This initial batch of rain will be part of a warm front. How far north this warm front lift is in question. There is the potential parts of southern NH could get into the warm sector behind the warm front with highs in the 60's. On the cooler side of the front, 50's with a cloudy showery day. The cold front will be pushing off the coast Friday night. I expect showers to be lighter in the afternoon and completely wind down by evening. Expect about a quarter to 1/2" or rain as it pushes through. High pressure will return for the Columbus Day weekend. The weekend will start off cool with sunshine and highs in the 50's to near 60 Saturday. Saturday night will likely be the coldest night so far with a hard freeze expected for the mountains and valleys with lows falling to near 32. Sunday will see a warmer wind from the SW shift in with highs in the mid 60's. The mild SW flow will continue into Columbus day with a high south of New England directing warmer than normal air into the northeast. Expect highs on Monday to range from 70-75. Sounds like B-B-Q weather to me!

LEAF PEEPER ALERT! A huge weekend for the strange tradition of looking at dying leaves. Thousands will flock to the Granite State to see the leaves changing color. The Columbus Day weekend is typically the weekend for Peak color in New Hampshire which typically goes through mid October. The big news is the color is running slightly behind schedule. That means you will likely have to travel a bit farther north or west if you are really looking for that high-peak color. The weather will be filled with blue skies and crisp autumn airmass help make for great photos and festivities. Though admittedly, some of the colors appear a bit muted this year and are not quite as vibrant as previous years. This may be an impact from the slight drought we experience at the end of the summer and the warm September. Whatever! The color is out there if you are looking for it! Here is a beautiful shot of the Northern Lights taken by Rob Wright at York beach Wednesday night. Talk about being in the right place at the right time! Well done!


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