A return to dry and cooler conditions will take hold across the northeastern United States to finish October after a rainy Wednesday.
The storm system responsible for the soaking rainfall across the Midwest and Northeast on Wednesday and Wednesday night will slowly depart the region through Thursday.
While much of the region will remain dry on Thursday, the cold air building across the region will allow showers to continue across the Great Lakes into Thursday night.
A lake-effect rain band may develop downwind of lakes Erie and Ontario and bring a wet afternoon to portions of western New York state, including Buffalo and Watertown.
Winds will remain strong through Thursday as winds could gust over 50 mph. The strong winds, combined with a saturated ground from the rain on Wednesday, could cause trees to be uprooted and lead to power outages.
Windy conditions, combined with cooler air, will cause AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures to stay in the upper 30s to lower 40s F for most of the day.
There will also be a threat for waterspouts over lakes Erie and Ontario as the pocket of cold air moves over the warm lake waters.
An area of high pressure will push this system into Canada into Friday, bringing a stretch of dry weather to end October.
According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski, "After a windy and mild Thursday in many areas, high pressure building into the area will bring seasonably cool temperatures for the final two days of October."
Winds will also subside on Friday into Saturday as much of the Northeast will see a few peeks of sunshine during the afternoon hours.
High temperatures will average a few degrees below average on Friday and Saturday.
Conditions will be favorable for anyone going outside to enjoy a hayride and for trick-or-treaters. Trick-or-treaters may want to consider bringing along a jacket to stay warm.
Dry conditions will also prevail for Game 3 of the World Series between the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals as the series shifts to Citi Field beginning on Friday night. Those heading to the game should bring along a jacket as temperatures will be in the 50s during the game.
A return to wet weather is possible heading into the beginning of November.
According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Ryan Adamson, "Clouds will begin to increase later Saturday into Sunday as the next storm system moves from the Midwest into the Northeast."
The showers moving across the Northeast on Sunday will be nothing like the rain seen across the region on Wednesday.
"Precipitation amounts will be generally light as the heaviest rain will stay to the south across Georgia and the Carolinas," Pydynowski said.
Those heading outside for any outdoor activities or an NFL football game on Sunday should bring a raincoat or poncho in case a shower moves across your area.
Rain may put a damper on the New York City Marathon on Sunday.
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This rain is expected to quickly move out to sea as high pressure builds across the eastern U.S. to begin the first full week of November.
There is the possibility that the high will stall off the East Coast, allowing days of milder air to build across the Northeast.
"The opening week of November across the Northeast may feel more like late September in many areas as temperatures across much of the Northeast will be in the 60s," Pydynowski said. "Some areas may break into the 70s for a day or two."
High temperatures could range between 10 and 15 degrees above average.