A fall-like weekend is in store for the Northeast, after rain and thunderstorms will dampen the region on Friday.
Wet conditions will spread over the region on Friday, especially during the afternoon. Rain looks to move into western New York in the morning and gradually spread across the rest of the Northeast throughout the day as a cold front shifts east.
The whole day doesn't appear to be a washout. "Rather than a prolonged steady rain, a few scattered downpours can be expected as the front moves through the Northeast. There could even be some thunder accompanying any downpours in the mid-Atlantic during the afternoon hours," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Bill Deger.
Some of the heavier rain could help to bring down leaves, especially in upstate New York and northern New England where colors have been changing quickly over the past week or so. This leaf drop could make for slippery travel conditions, added Deger.
Ahead of the cold front, major cites like New York City, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia will reach high temperatures on Friday that are as much as 5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit above normal for this time of year.
The cold front will push off the East Coast on Friday night, with high pressure quickly building in behind it. Conditions will hastily dry out on Saturday. According to AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams, this will be a classic fall weekend in the Northeast and Great Lakes, with cool, dry air and bright leaves making for a pretty scene.
Those heading to college football games will want to dress in layers. The low temperature on Saturday morning will dip down to the lower 40s across interior portions of the Northeast and lower 50s for locations closer to the coast.
However, once the sun climbs into the sky, temperatures will rise into the lower to middle 60s across the region. The bright sunshine will help AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures to climb higher than actual highs, so the warm jacket of the morning may not be as needed by the afternoon hours.
Saturday night is when the real chill will settle in across the Northeast, with low temperatures dropping into the middle 30s across interior portions. Northern parts of New England can even expect lows to dip into the 20s.
Temperatures along the I-95 corridor will fall into the upper 30s to middle 40s by early Sunday morning. Despite the chilly start to the morning, afternoon temperatures will rebound under brilliant sunshine. Sunday will turn out to be just a bit warmer than Saturday, with seasonable October high temperatures.
Fans heading to the Giants versus 49ers game on Sunday evening will want to wear a jacket. Temperatures will be in the lower 60s at kickoff but will drop into the upper 50s by the end of the game.