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Sign of the Times: Fall Foliage and Falling Temperatures

This weekend should bring unseasonably cold temperatures



    Today (Thursday): More clouds than sun, chance sprinkle, then a few late day & eve showers. Highs near 70. Overnight Thursday Night: Breezy, clearing. Lows in the 40s, 30s northwest. Friday: Sunny and brisk. Highs near 60, 50s north. (Published Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016)

    The cold front that has cooled temperatures by 25 degrees compared to 24-hours ago in areas like Chicago and as far south as Tulsa, OK is headed toward New England.

    This cold front - followed by high pressure for the weekend - will usher in the unseasonably cold temperatures to round out the work week and for the first half of the weekend. However, the second part of the weekend, New England will see a slight warm-up with high temperatures into the mid-60s under mostly sunny skies.

    The next chance for rain will return on Monday, so take advantage of the dry weekend ahead.

    In anticipation of the cold pocket of air that slides in from the Midwest for Friday, Freeze Watches have been issued for portions of interior eastern Massachusetts, just outside the city limits of Boston for late Friday night into early Saturday morning.

    When a Freeze Watch is issued, that means that temperatures are expected to slip into the lower 30s, even into the upper 20s for a period of time. These sub-freezing temperatures could kill crops and other sensitive plants.

    Typically, the first freeze for New England spans from mid-September to mid-October. The Crown of Maine, mainly into the higher elevations, the White Mountains of New Hampshire and the Green Mountains of Vermont normally see their first freeze occurring near Sept. 15. This is followed by most of New England seeing their first freeze around Oct. 1, besides the areas closest to the coast, which typically see their first freeze around this time of the year - Oct. 15.

    As for the fall foliage, we’re nearing peak or even past peak color in far northern New England, right along the Canadian border.

    For southern New England, we are seeing pops of color, but it still remains low to moderate for most of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

    Considering that this weekend’s forecast is shaping up to be a great one to enjoy the outdoors (besides having to bundle up early Saturday), it will be a great time to snap some photos of the beautiful changing fall colors and be sure to share those with necn on Facebook, Twitter or send via email to and we’ll be sure to feature those in our newscasts.


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