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Ready or not here comes some cold air

FORECAST: Here’s the outlook for the next week.

You might think that given today’s (Friday’s) expected high temperature in the low 80s (F) and Saturday’s forecast high in the upper 70s that autumn has passed us by…but you’d be wrong.  The next cold front is speeding our way and will pass through the region Saturday afternoon.  Check out these two temperature maps for the contrast.  The first one shows the temperature regime across the U.S. for Friday evening:

Notice the blue “dagger” north-to-south across the middle of the country vs. our milder temperatures indicated by the yellow tones.  Now check out this forecast map for Sunday evening:

The blue shades have engulfed the eastern U.S., meaning that temperatures Sunday will be much cooler than today.  In fact, the difference in today’s forecast high and Sunday’s high temperature is close to 30 degrees, with Sunday’s high temperature to be in the low to mid-50s under cloudy skies.  And the morning lows Monday and Tuesday will bottom out around 40 degrees.  Sounds like sweater and jacket weather time!!

As for precipitation we have a chance at rain starting with the frontal passage Saturday and lasting through Sunday as an upper level disturbance squeezes out some showers to go along with the chillier air.  Total rainfall won’t be much but the ‘Burg could see upwards of a half-inch from this next system.  Monday – Columbus Day – the sun should be back out and warm the high temperature back up into the low 60s.  Yes, autumn is really here!