Fall warmup coming to abrupt end in Northeast, will it return?

Brandon Buckingham
·3 min read

Many across the Northeast have enjoyed the stretch of warm weather over the past few days, as summerlike weather, especially for those across the interior will wither away as more seasonable conditions return to the region over the coming days.

Record-breaking warmth graced upstate New York on Friday, with records falling in multiple cities as mostly sunny and rather humid conditions for this time of the year enveloped the area. However, time has run out for any residents who didn't get a chance to enjoy the warmth. Temperatures are set to return back to what is typically expected for the latter half of October as a cold front readies itself to track through the Northeast.

The same cold front that brought severe thunderstorms across the Great Lakes and the Ohio Valley during the day on Friday continued its eastward march through the Northeast during the day on Saturday. While the frontal boundary will feature the same drastic temperature swings as areas farther west, it is not expected to feature the potential for damaging thunderstorms.

However, many residents across the interior Northeast dealt with a rather damp day as the cold front slid through on Saturday, and in conjunction with the damp conditions, much cooler air will began to settle in as well.

Places like Buffalo and Syracuse, New York, that enjoyed temperatures in the lower 80s on Friday, struggled to approach 50 during the day on Sunday.

Farther east along the Interstate 95 corridor, the arrival of the colder air was delayed, yielding one more day with temperatures climbing up to 70 around Boston to the upper 70s in Baltimore. Along with the comfortably mild temperatures, a westerly shift in the wind allowed for more breaks in the clouds.

All good things must come to an end however, as winds shifted out of the north Saturday night, ushering in the chilly air mass.

Although the cold air is now entrenched across the Northeast, all hopes should not be dashed, as this weather may be ideal for some outdoor enthusiasts. Right on cue with late October, Sunday featured perfect conditions for those looking to sit out in a tree stand in search of their trophy buck, or to head out to the local streams in pursuit of salmon, trout or steelhead.

The chilly and largely dry conditions that dominated the Northeast Sunday will not remain status quo for long, as wet, and possibly wintry weather will begin to encroach on the region Monday.

The area of high pressure responsible for the chilly and dry conditions on Sunday exited the Northeast by the evening and allowed an area of disturbed weather to approach the mid-Atlantic, and set its sights on the Northeast Megalopolis.

Monday, rain is not expected to be particularly heavy anywhere across the mid-Atlantic and Northeast, but it will make for a damp and dreary day. Temperatures across the two regions on Monday will be able to rebound a few degrees compared to the chill of Sunday.

High temperatures in the 40s will be common across northern New England, while 50s will abound across New York, much of Pennsylvania and southern New England. Highs will likely reach into the 60s and even into the 70s from southern Pennsylvania and central New Jersey, south into the Carolinas.

In cities like Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland, where highs hit the upper 70s on Saturday and crashed into the upper 50s on Sunday, Monday's middle 60s will be much closer to the conditions typically felt in late October.

The general pattern across the northeastern U.S. will remain relatively active in terms of the chances for wet weather this week.

A separate disturbance set to arrive early Tuesday will usher in another day of gloomy weather for many across the region. Multiple chances for rain, as well as snow across the higher terrain of the Northeast will be possible through late week as the cool and damp conditions are expected to continue.

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