We’ve been stuck in a warm and dry pattern since July and ended summer as the second warmest on record. We are now ranked as the 4th warmest autumn on record and the latest update from the US Drought Monitor now includes much of the viewing area in Moderate Drought conditions.
Our weather team finally sees a gradual change in our weather pattern as we head into the tail end of autumn. We start to see this change when a strong cold front arrives Saturday evening. A brief shower is possible Saturday evening with the passing of the cold front, followed by gusty winds Saturday night. Sunday features very windy and colder conditions with wind speeds 15-25mph with gusts near 40mph. Temperatures peak near 40F with brief snow showers and flurries. We do not expect any snow to stick here, but western PA may see their first accumulating snow.
We expect the frequency of fronts to increase as we head into late November and early December. Another front will bring a chance for a few rain showers possible Wednesday night into Thanksgiving morning. The timing of the showers could still change, so check back for updates.
Overall, more frequent fronts means more opportunities for light rain/snow and more cooler days heading into December.
-Meteorologist Eric Finkenbinder