Widespread Rain Approaching Region, Cool Temps in Store

We were close to 90 degrees Wednesday in Connecticut before a late-day front came through with downpours and gusty wind.

Now, we are all on the cooler side of the front and many spots in northern New England are near freezing Thursday morning. But it’s a pretty nice day Thursday -- plenty of sunshine in northern and eastern New England with temperatures in the 50s.

Clouds remain thick in Connecticut, where we have some showers on going.

Steady rain returns to the region Thursday night as low pressure moves from west to east. Rain may be heavy at times briefly in the middle of the night, with temperatures only in the 30s and 40s, the coldest air since last spring.

Rain will end fairly quickly in Western New England Friday, but may linger in central and southeastern New England through lunchtime. It’s a chilly Friday with temperatures only making it back to the 50s, some 40s north. In the highest terrain of northern New Hampshire, western and northern Maine, we may see a coating of snow above 1000 feet.

That would add some beauty to the foliage, which is near peak.

The low-pressure system departing will be strengthening rapidly, that in combination with strong high-pressure in Ontario will generate wind from the northwest gusting past 40 mph late in the day and toward evening. Perhaps the first time we are going to use the words 'wind chill factor' in our forecast this season.

Wind should diminish rapidly in central and western New England Friday night, allowing the temperature to free fall into the 20s and 30s.

Saturday morning starts off frosty in much of New England, but beautiful high-pressure system makes for blue sky with only a few fair-weather clouds, perfect for viewing peak foliage in northern New England.

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It is jacket weather with a high temperature mostly in the 50s, but only in the 30s and 40s on the mountain tops. If you’re going hiking, be sure to bring good boots; there’s a lot of mud after three days of rain.

Another frosty one Saturday night, with a clear sky low temperature again in the 20s and 30s. The wind is going to come around from the south Sunday, pushing the temperature back into the 60s with increasing clouds in the afternoon. Rain will be close by sunset for Western New England.

Gusty downpours are likely Sunday night into Monday, with temperatures holding in the 50s in northern New England but going up into the 60s and southern and western New England.

It’s a bit of a question mark whether the front on Monday will push off for drying Tuesday, we may have a wave of tropical energy trying to track north along the coastline, that could bring heavier rain to eastern New England Monday night and Tuesday. But still too tough to call.

Stay tuned to the latest developments here in our First Alert 10-Day Forecast.

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